Our Withering Stem

epidemic spreading throughout

perfectly capable young people,

drowning in misery disease widespread

this detriment hungers for quality

those afflicted hold no potential

an old friend slumped against something

in an alley she didn’t recognize anyone

knowing not why she’s there

no one could convince her otherwise


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. Frank Sherlock, the poet laureate of Philadelphia, called Lynch's debut poetry book "visionary." CA Conrad claimed that the book was "marvelous!" His writing has been featured in numerous publications online and in print, including (parenthetical), Poetry Quarterly, and Tincture Journal.

6 Responses to Our Withering Stem

  1. Sounds like apathy and not applying yourself will make you homeless.

  2. Dizzy says:

    There’s nothing quite as distressing as finding someone dying in the street. Then, the horror of recognising them… You didn’t recognise them at first be cause they were so sick, so far gone… and they don’t recognise you at first, either, because of…

    … It makes you lose heart… again…


    Yet, again…

    I ❤ you!

    Hope you have an awesome weekend! 💋

  3. Dizzy says:

    Pull away! 💋

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