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
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.