The Kid with the Rattlesnake Kite, A Poem by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

The Kid with the Rattlesnake Kite

A Poem by Ryan Quinn Flanagan


This little boy

pulls shed rattlesnake skin

down off a tree branch.


Runs around

with it dragging behind him

in the wind like a

scaly forgotten kite.


An only child, no doubt.

Making his own fun.


Running right out of his shoes

with an unburdened excitement.


A noticeable brown cowlick

refusing to be vanquished.


Bio of the Poet: Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many mounds of snow.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Himalaya Diary, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.  He enjoys listening to the blues and cruising down the TransCanada in his big blacked out truck.

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