Fascism is a Bluefin Tuna by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Fascism is a Bluefin Tuna

I never learned to march.
That must set me back at least
three years in military time.

Fascism is a Bluefin tuna.

The commies have the red herring
all wrapped up
so that you’d think this shit
was Christmas.

The biggest gift under the tree
just a roadside bomb of improvised
candy cane happy.

And the bulge in my left earlobe
is a single hard ball.
I can work it around in my hand
and in a few days it is gone.

Calcium deposits, I am told.
Nothing more.
But the mind wanders.
We are in love with the end.

Like Heroin for hysteria.
One thing before the other.
The doctors so sure of themselves
that they never see you.

Hitler had an ugly neck.
Tired roadkill vultures
around the stringy guts
of belief.

I’ve been to war every day.
Never once for my country
and always for myself.

The individual mind
and the solitary

Let them ban anything they want:
books, speech, songs, movies, attire…
People will always find a way.

I know I have.
The rest is up
to you.

Just make sure it is all
your own.

Sweat them
for the short time
you are here.

Pull no punches.

Put sorry answers
through their paces
because there are never
enough good questions.

Strive, push, try,

Everything can be bigger
if you want it to be.

is a stubborn act of self
more than anything.

Born from ideas
and never the body.

Ryan Quinn FlanaganRyan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian born author presently residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario Canada. His work has been published both in print and online in such places as The New York Quarterly, Windsor Review, Vallum, The Antigonish Review, CV2, Horror Sleaze Trash, Evergreen Review, Your One Phone Call and In Between Hangovers.

2 Replies to “Fascism is a Bluefin Tuna by Ryan Quinn Flanagan”

  1. Ryan, I’d like to submit your poem to Spare Change News in Cambridge MA for publication. I’m the Poetry Editor and a Columnist and I submit to the Editor for his approval. It usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks to appear because the paper comes out every other Friday. We have a circulation of about 8000 in the Boston area. Let me know if it’s okay. Thanks, Marc D. Goldfinger

  2. Thanks Marc, that’s definitely cool with me if it’s cool with Klaus at Outlaw Poetry Network! I look forward to it. Many thanks, Ryan

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