By Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Someone was stealing trucks

out in the industrial park at Morningside Drive

out by the water tower and the army of geese

that crap everywhere they could

so that the shop foreman instructed me

to back all the delivery trucks into the sheet metal

factory floor each night and padlock the

loading dock doors that opened on the chain

and no one ever took any of our trucks

but a lot of the other shops had both vehicles

and material go missing and I couldn’t care

but I loaded the trucks and drove them

to the jobsites so my job kind of depended

on the trucks being there which they always

were and soon all the other trucks stopped going

missing so that I guessed they finally nabbed

someone for something.


Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, The Academy of the Heart and Mind, Setu, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.

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