Out of Your Mind

No awareness of the Other.

This is not a song of myself, this is the song

of failure. You can still see some stars

in this city. Then memories crash

into your mind of you out of your mind half naked

and horizontal staring wide-eyed

into an almost empty sky.

Your perception of those stars and of yourself.

You’d have to travel into the past

in order to fully understand

the embodiment of the body.

Memories would be brighter

if the city of your mind

was not polluted.

Although they still wouldn’t be.

In this wilderness the descent will be

unknowable, and the depth might well be


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.

6 Responses to Out of Your Mind

  1. pembroke5 says:

    A good one. Plenty of likes and a vote for stars. An interesting combination of partial obscurity and a direct message.

    Alexander Marshall pembroke5@aol.com

  2. beautifully written poem:)

  3. “the depth might well be
    unbearable” indeed, yet still we strive…

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