The Scam


Johnny Shimsham

is a lighter

who happens to be white

 

I’m not superstitious

yet sometimes I do things

to keep the badness away

 

But it comes back

at night I say things

while I’m sleeping

 

Shouting in the streets

rectangles with mouths

About Sean William Lynch
Sean William Lynch is a poet from New Jersey who was born in 1992. Lynch's first book of poems "the city of your mind" was published in 2013 by Whirlwind Press. Frank Sherlock, the poet laureate of Philadelphia, called Lynch's debut poetry book "visionary." CA Conrad claimed that the book was "marvelous!" S.W. Lynch's writing has been featured in numerous publications online and in print, including Milkfist, Poetry Quarterly, and Tincture Journal.

6 Responses to The Scam

  1. Johnny Shimsham? Who’s he?

  2. cmarandawrites says:

    Love the simplicity of the poem. The last line is very powerful and I love how it ends abruptly. The white lighter myth lives. I’m sensing more than superstition in this poem, however. Something deeper: nightmares, a bad high? Might even be read as PTSD – superstition never hit before, but now it’s sinking in. A lot to think about. Great job.

    • S. W. Lynch says:

      The last two lines can be seen as akin to a nightmare. I try to give a lot of substance that can be seen in varying interpretations. Thank you for the in depth analysis, I hope you come back for more.

  3. 12kilroy says:

    This is wonderfully ominous.

  4. Never trust a white lighter! Nice, mysterious little piece.

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