Rejoice, You’re Afflicted

old man

no teeth

he gave you pleasure

and the sweetest taste


we’re in an alley

of mucus off 13th and Locust

inadvertent transmission

diseased in the seventies




the swarm is now a street

cut down all the trees

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.

6 Responses to Rejoice, You’re Afflicted

  1. Mucus. Good word, that. Not sure I’d use it, which is probably why I’m intrigued.

    This is real and raw and heartfelt. Don’t t stop.

  2. Brought strange images to mind.

  3. Zen Greenway says:

    Struggled to hit the “Like” button, but couldn’t because I didn’t “like” this. I was instantly repelled and, as I read on, also disturbed. But I couldn’t stop reading. Your words have power.

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