Good Shepherd


I drove by the yellow building

where my memories are held

they changed the name

as that part of me fades

until I’m dimmer than varnish

I once placed a piece of paper

on that yellow building, it read:

“Welcome to St John’s Concentration Camp”

An angry mother with shingles and sciatica

tore the loose leaf down

“Say no to me I know you want to”

I couldn’t respond when I was young

“Come on talk to me I know you want to”

You had the weight of Jupiter concave your skin

I commended your body

haven’t had much to brag about

misogynistic tendencies haven’t gone unnoticed

so follow me if you want to

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.

2 Responses to Good Shepherd

  1. seapunk2 says:

    I understand. Some women are exceptional and to “see” them, you have to bang out a hole in the wall of misogyny. I know how you feel. Read me, in “about.”

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