False Prophet, Chapter 0: False Thoughts

Grasping the existence of individuals. Irony in ultimately ending one’s own life. One must only know with compassion in order to defend one’s own species. Words write themselves on a page inexplicably- “Justify the worth of your brethren, or they will be disintegrated.”

Represent an arbitrary experience in human history. A schizo hears judgement. One is given words from unknown beings. Answer these aliens. Spend hours justifying. Do not justify human existence on a whole, but through each individual experience. That is where the falseness sets in, where discouragement lingers. The only egalitarians now are no one. Do not reference abstract mimes or disciples, but read between the circles.

Little future boy will be raped by nothing in particular. One roots out the molten sap in skeletal remains. Two beings shoving tongues down each others throats and no end is in sight. A doll riding a man. Bearded skulls flickering while people don’t take death seriously. Repetitive dreams opening up with the smoke rising sideways. Lips start moving while extinction is looming.

About Sean William Lynch
Sean Lynch is a writer and editor who lives in South Philly. Lynch's first book of poems, the city of your mind, was published in 2013 by Whirlwind Press. His second chapbook, Broad Street Line, focusing on politics and public transportation, was published by Moonstone Press in 2016. 100 Haiku is his latest release, also published by Moonstone Press in 2018. Lynch's writing has been featured in numerous publications online and in print, including (parenthetical), Poetry Quarterly, and Tincture Journal.

6 Responses to False Prophet, Chapter 0: False Thoughts

  1. JA Leonard says:

    A schizo hears judgement. That one I can relate to. You’re on to something, and schizophrenia is a gift, not a disease, until it becomes self-destructive. If I’m not mistaken, you’re headed in the right direction. I like it a lot.

  2. I have been exploring the same ideas with schizophrenia and mental illness in general. At one point in time I studied anthropology, and I had a professor who would often point out that much older societies than ours had seemingly more effective ways of dealing with mental illness (most notably schizophrenia). Makes you rethink the way you look at things.

    • S. W. Lynch says:

      Certainly, I’ve been reading Infinite Jest, and in one of the early chapters it has a sort of critique of the way schizophrenia is treated. It didn’t inspire this, since I wrote this piece a while back but it reminded me of something I’ve been fascinated with for a long time.

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