A Portion of Automatic and a Dash of Anger


let the grease drip from jaw to collarbone

wish that nothing ever happened in the ways that they did

unopened cereal boxes are on the front lawn for the infants to eat and then curl up and die in

humans developed this concept for the sole purpose of being self-absorbed

the tendencies can be either self-deploring or narcissistic in nature, the intent is always the same

my fingers tasted like bloody grass

on the outside, on the inside

the paper cuts made thin incisions into my lungs

I don’t know when it’s gonna’ happen but when it does

I’m gonna’ be buried in the sand with geese flying sideways overhead

there were more bars in the town we grew up in than trashcans out in the street

three identical corpses of my former nemesis lay in the same road

I don’t know what any of it means

left the hinges bare the paper trailed thin

hold the death-cake to the ear of the incompetent

I gave my brain radiation for you

when I look up

smelling a different scent

I want it now more than ever

another costly ride

the photographs on the wall

are ominously yellow with time

I’ll come to never see you again in black peace

About Sean William Lynch
Sean William Lynch is a poet from New Jersey who was born in 1992. Lynch's first book of poems "the city of your mind" was published in 2013 by Whirlwind Press. Frank Sherlock, the poet laureate of Philadelphia, called Lynch's debut poetry book "visionary." CA Conrad claimed that the book was "marvelous!" S.W. Lynch's writing has been featured in numerous publications online and in print, including Milkfist, Poetry Quarterly, and Tincture Journal.

8 Responses to A Portion of Automatic and a Dash of Anger

  1. ArWalther says:

    That pretty much kicked ass.

  2. timruane24 says:

    “unopened cereal boxes are on the front lawn for the infants to eat and then curl up and die in” — Excellent poetry.

  3. The last three lines have the air of an old Silverstein song to me.

    • Sean Lynch says:

      Yes I was a bit tentative about the colors but I figured it was necessary, I liked SIlverstein as a child and I’ve heard about his songs and what not but have not seen them, I should look into it.

  4. “Black peace” adds a mood to the poem you couldn’t get without using color. I’m talking about a band named Silverstein. I didn’t know Shel SIlverstein wrote any songs.

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