I Killed Myself in a Parallel Universe

inane ideas and back pain

waiting for lips engulfed in ash

forbidden from viewing


and left out in the open

writing just to waste time

legalized dull drugs coursing through


black coffee, stale tobacco

christian girl, asian porn-star

making promises years ago


leftover meals lasting decades

this will end in tragedy

just another formerly extant human


cowardice prevents suicide and other pleasures

these socks are damp -as if there ever was an arid landscape

professing atheism by day and repenting at night


this headache will never fade, it isn’t pain

trivial suffering and yet escape deemed impossible

just an imaginary bullet lodged in the brain

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.

9 Responses to I Killed Myself in a Parallel Universe

  1. I just realized something: Edgar Allen Poe must be one of your influences. Am I on the right track.

  2. moranisma says:

    very haunting yet a hidden vulnerability…I like it

  3. Inspired final line to logically conclude observations. Enjoyed rhythm of the lines. Powerful images/flow. Thank you for sharing this poem.

  4. marksgotproblems says:


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