Piecemeal Existence

each tendon

in detached heaps

flesh on burning pavement


you are not insane

pulling on your own intestines

another skull caved in


burnt out cars and broken glass

a bellicose shard in bowels

humans selling emotions


liquidate the language you create

leaf through the solid waste

writhing in oceans


beginning and end

both melded gates

your fetus saw your corpse


the waves they flattened into strings

and continued on their course

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 Piecemeal Existence

  1. Bloody. And it’s weird, because I’m reading a book about the American response to the Holocaust right now.

  2. aleanansidhe says:

    Yes, violent, but beautifully written and moving. I love it when art is graphic — it lets people see/feel/hear/know it more.

  3. aleanansidhe says:

    No problem. Thanks for posting it.

  4. Gina Marie says:

    It’s dark, but the imagery is powerful (particularly: “Your fetus saw your corpse”).

  5. Excellent handling of violence. You could have gone way out there but this is really tight, and makes the poem stronger.

  6. Great phrase, ‘liquidate the language’. Appreciate intensity of poem’s detached observation of human soup of misery.

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