There were two of them.

Elderly sisters that lived alone.

Angry old spinsters it was said could

marshal the forces of darkness, the evil eye.

No one would look at them in the village.

Children were kept away and told each other

stories about how they knew this kid that

ended up as soup. Even the town leaders

left them alone. These two hexperts.

When animals went lame or the harvest failed,

everyone knew what had happened.

But no one said a word. Not even in private.

It was believed these two sisters were

everywhere. That they couldn’t die.

Two tiny hunchbacks in league with the devil.


Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Canada   



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.