Destroy Yourself

trying too hard is a terrible thing

trying at all even

life is trying

power is not justified

synthesis is ignored

isolation: the most familiar

words are better off nonexistent

apathy is humanity

relevant is nothing


searching for discarded death

a pool of fiberglass and dust

keen on the senses

desperate and disheveled

leave it all unfinished…

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.

15 Responses to Destroy Yourself

  1. I’m not a Pollyanna, but I’m opposed to any kind of destruction, including self-destruction. I hope this poem is a metaphor and not a reality.

  2. (This might be a duplicate)…I’m not a Pollyanna, but I’m opposed to destruction of any kind, including self-destruction. I hope this poem is a metaphor, Sean.

    • It’s quite alright, allows me to explain myself: the poem does not encourage suicide, yes you pointed out that the title is metaphorical, meaning the destruction of concepts rather than physical destruction, but in a way they are interchangeable. The poem is what it is, although it can be subject to different interpretations.

  3. Stay with the metaphor.

  4. Trent Lewin says:

    What you ought destroy is anything that gets in the way of you expressing what you feel, including what you yourself might feel about yourself and how/if you should just end. Burn the rust that tries to bring you down and let’s hear more of what you got, metaphorical or not. Bring it.

    • Well then, I was holding back a couple of other poems that I have written tonight, but I may as well post them. Thanks for the encouragement.

      It seems a discussion on the meaning of destruction has sparked from this, which is intriguing, since it is such a multi-faceted word which can be applied to so many ideas.

      However, I find it hard to explain this pervading feeling that I’ve been covering up for years. Since today is the first day I’ve been sober in such a long time, I’ve felt it especially. It’s dreadful, something that you don’t mean to live in, an enemy that you cannot escape. It is yourself, really.

      I especially appreciate your comments sir, they are always meaningful.

      • Trent Lewin says:

        It is my pleasure. I don’t understand fully the feelings you describe except as they manifest themselves through your words, where they are certainly felt. This is the irony of it. Destruction can be liberation, for it can chew away, bite away, burn away the blight as I call it – that insidiousness that hangs over us, and that we are not really better of without because it gives us the power to write, and without that what are we. You have words. This is a greatness. Don’t seek to escape yourself. Seek to conquer yourself. If you can write like this, you are already on your way.

    • It is readers like you that enable me to continue. It’s funny you mention conquering yourself, I’m in the midst of my second Nietzsche kick in life. Ironically enough, since the title of my site is the opposite of his intentions (although he sure thought he understood weakness more than anyone else, however, if he lived through the horrors of the 20th century I think he’d be a little different in his philosophizing, but that’s just me).

      I will thank you every time you spout your wisdom at me, and so, thank you again.

  5. I like that line “Power is not justified”; it reminds me of plenty of politicians and billionaires I know of.

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