Two Poems by S.P. Flannery

 Apprentice

 

Her fingers pierce muscle

and tendons through to

the other side of his arm

exposed to elements of

wasteful tenderness that

reminds him of childhood

when stole away in a

school closet he found

intensity while others learned

pedantic lessons from stoics

he ignored in favor of

romantic puerile pedagogues

who are girls enlivened

with raw carnal curiosity

released upon body and memory

as he instructs this student

eager to acquire the desire

to be excited with pure passion.

 

 

 

Ephelides

 

Beneath

her pallid eyes

lie imperfections that

I limn on statues casting cave

shadows.

 

S.P. Flannery

S.P. Flannery was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin and now resides in Madison. His poetry has recently appeared in Snow Monkey, Carcinogenic Poetry, Moulin Review, Indigo Rising Magazine, and The Mayo Review.

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