A Sudden Nothing

My heart is beating a little faster

After listening to the night

Then hearing gunshots

It comes every now and then

But I never really notice

I wonder if those bullets

Made their mark

But most likely bouncing off alley walls

Never mind now I hear the sirens

That could only mean one thing

And it’s only midnight

At least the police responded

Ashamed it gave me such a rush

And that now I’m not despondent

Since something happened

Someone is dead or dying

The sirens are still blaring

No one has a seatbelt to fasten

And now it is silent again

Lead pulverizing flesh

Men finding quicker ends

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.

14 Responses to A Sudden Nothing

  1. Whoa, this is even darker since it’s only been a week since Newtown.

  2. lgyslaine says:

    it is very deep and moving at the same time. I like

  3. shonadaowna says:

    This is poetry of the highest order

  4. smilingtoad says:

    Excellent! Those last two lines are especially affecting. I can relate a bit to that feeling- northern-most part of the county reverberates with the occassional crack of gun-fire in the night. Even on rarer occassions I’ve heard it just over the causeway, where there is some drug-activity. Always makes one think…wonderful write, excellent poetry.

    P.S. A gorgeous New Year to you,

    Autumn Jade

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