Ritchie Rich & the Subway Pulse by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Ritchie Rich & the Subway Pulse

You can’t get anywhere  
without the underground  
these days 
and here comes Ritchie Rich  
in metal face stud  
and green garbage bag ensemble, 
counting rats large as block parties, 
feeling the subway pulse, 
that joyous skip in his step 
so that the suits push each other 
to get out of his way, 
the smell of fake Cubans from  
the busy bee newsstand – 
CONGRATULATIONS! 
shouts Ritchie Rich with his  
arms and legs wide open; 
everyone is alive and the train 
is on its way, even if you can’t 
hear it yet. 



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, Fixator Press, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.

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