that fucking smug

look seen on one

too many a face

will transform

the most docile

being into a



it renders

justification useless

I climbed the

tree on the

edge of that

all too often

visited peninsula

in which

bodies have been

hung by their

own hands

the branches have been sawed off

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.

18 Responses to Self

  1. Dizzy says:

    Ooh. Dig it! 💋

  2. Smug looks definitely can bring a person to action.

  3. jumeirajames says:

    Love it – I’ve been up that peninsula a few times myself!

    • Sean Lynch says:

      Besides being a metaphorical peninsula, the setting I’m referring to is a real place, and a very strange one as well. I shall photograph it soon. Thank you much for the comment, and I’m happy you’re still here.

  4. MattvNiftrik says:

    Beautiful stuff man. Dig it.

  5. Pete Armetta says:

    Must detach no doubt.

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