Saturday, April 28, 2018

Service Dog with Batman Cape--By Ryan Quinn Flanagan--Canada

Service Dog with Batman Cape

He is proud of his dog
in a way he has never been
proud of himself.
You can see it in his face.
In sturdy humping shoulders
that have found a false assurance.
And his dog is a service dog.
It says so on a red sash across
its middle.
And his dog is wearing a Batman cape.
People stop to pet his friend every few feet.
And you can see it makes the man proud.
That tiny black tail slapping against the
side of his leg.

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, Word Riot, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.


  1. Hi Ryan,

    Thank you for this touching poem, I see the scene right before my eyes the way you describe it. Great poem!

    Best wishes,

  2. Yes, I know exactly what you mean - great observations

  3. Very good writing Ryan,
    Most dog owners of proud of their dog for a whole lot less
    Knight Writer

  4. Love it, Ryan. Unique writing and delightful. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!


  5. Dear Ryan,

    It's so good to see the lovely comments on your poem. What can be bad about Batman--one of the superhero's of my childhood! Your poem reaches out to others on a variety of levels. Welcome to Whispers. I hope you enjoy your time spent with us.