Gradual Deterioration

the blackness breathes in then out-

assumptions about death


the heart is beating slow, but hard.

and shades for eyes keep shutting,


not out of a want to sleep,

but in some manic sort


of resistance to artificial light.

freezing regardless of the temperature.


remembering a childhood friend

stomping on a baby turtle.


the muscles let go and so,

thoughts flow straight no more.


howling wind mirrors speech internalized.

(if only it was eternalized)


bowels empty again,

with no command.


and they say animals were made

for our amusement.


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.

9 Responses to Gradual Deterioration

  1. You know, I think I read one of your influences this weekend for class. Are you a fan of Emily Dickinson, by any chance?

    • Sean Lynch says:

      I appreciate and enjoy her, but I wouldn’t say that she is an influence, nor could I consider myself a fan considering I’m as familiar with her as any other average poetry reader.

  2. pembroke5 says:

    I’ve read some of the comments on your blog. People seem to really respond to the dark material.

    • Sean Lynch says:

      I think it is fair to label it as dark material, but the reason why I think people respond to it well is because the subject matter isn’t dishonest or grandiosely dark, so it doesn’t arbitrarily seem depressing just for the sake of it.

  3. Agggh! I had a childhood friend who did something like this one time and it still haunts me–and that was a long, LONG time ago. I wonder why a child can conceive of doing such a thing when another child is sensitive enough to be bothered by it for a lifetime.

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