Accepting Desolation

If the animal I am

were all I ever was

then I’d be comforted

by the smallest of

things, and my worries

would evaporate at

the stroke of my ear.


Instead I take shelter

from more than just

the wind, myself,

other people, this

place could be silent.


My grave, a foreign

home, death is my master

and I a disloyal slave.

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.

11 Responses to Accepting Desolation

  1. There is truth in your words, my friend. A little bit of Buddha or Yoda or perhaps Laozi.

  2. So glad that you are disloyal…life is far more than death and you are much more than just an animal! :)

  3. kkline922 says:

    “my worries would evaporate at the stroke of my ear.” Love this!

  4. pembroke5 says:

    We can be glad you’re disloyal.

    Alexander Marshall

  5. This is a wonderful post that has actually spoken to not only my heart but my soul in my current state of mind. i was on the verge of allowing death to take me by will but I am slowly finding the strength to endure my journey to the end because death is not a option for me.

    • Sean Lynch says:

      I’ve been told that some of my poems have done the opposite for people which I think is too easy. I was in a beautiful and barren environment in County Clare when I wrote this, and I would never be able to explain through prose what I felt that day.

      • Some people are not able to have that type of connection. i have always admired beautiful meaningful writing and poems that express inner demons. it is another way to speak for not only yourself but others who are unable to say it in such a way. ignore the thoughts of other’s.

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