For Survival

rage at the day

through the night

go gentle even though


come cower because

of all the light

and frightened darkness


not given courage

for living


hanging onto pebbles



sensory phenomenon



flickering flame

dying all alone


the past was filled

with creatures

attracted, so bright


so many eyes upon

now turned away

trailing voice gone astray

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.

2 Responses to For Survival

  1. 12kilroy says:

    I have to say – I love the title of your blog. Or – I love what I take it to mean.

    That is completely random, but it fits this poem.

    • I’ve grown fond of it as well, I guess that’s why I’ve kept it for so long. It’s certainly different, and I take the word understanding in a broad sense, you could put other words in place of it and it would be meaningful but maybe not as universal. It does fit this poem, which is why I tagged it with weakness, although there a lot of pieces I use that tag for… I suppose I’ve been trying to utilize the word weakness in a sense that isn’t so narrow because I feel like it has a negative connotation that may not be entirely appropriate.

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