The Central Authority Spoke

and it sounded like many voices
at once
a septic symphony of harmonious
and the children looked to the adults
who looked to each other
everyone looking
like a sightseeing tour with
its eyes closed

and later at dinner
came that waiting for the knock
on the door

no one overly boisterous
as though laughter were a living
breathing thing
that could betray you

to save

Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Setu, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review. Read other articles by Ryan.