Taking Advantage of

A reoccurring, inexplicable

despair and the question of suicide.


The garden of

presumptuous temptation.

The specifics surrounding

mental starvation.


This generation attends the funerals

of those they did not know.

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.

12 Responses to Taking Advantage of

  1. Those last two lines make me think of deaths by gun violence.

  2. pembroke5 says:

    The poem about the Hawks was so successfull– this is too but in adifferent way–it’s like apunch in the stomach.

  3. john says:

    Presumptuous temptation…very, very interesting line.

  4. 12kilroy says:

    I love your last line.

    It occurs to me that it might not even been solely about the attention. There’s something part catharsis, part narcissism about going through the movements of public grief.

    • Sean Lynch says:

      Absolutely, and it has taken on a whole dimension with the internet when people create facebook pages for deceased teenagers and thousands of people comment for the attention, catharsis, and or narcissism.

      • 12kilroy says:

        The problem is – when it is someone you actually care about – you actually have a genuine relationship of some sort with – the effect is nauseating.

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