By Myself and Not Alone


I am sitting at a table eating

a microwaved chimichanga

with a short fork and blunt knife

the burrito tastes better than this poem

I am sitting here inside this poem

writing and eating and looking down

thru the glass into my knees and the contents

of the chimichanga are drifting thru me

a formerly frozen mash of dull brown stuff

stuffed into a fried tortilla then crammed

into many freezers until my own, which is me

and the poem I am inside the poem

and the chimichanga is inside me

and you are a person presumably

if you exist

and I will be eating you as well

as you eat me

there doesn’t have to be a reason

but I’d rather like it if there was

wouldn’t we all, that’s why we’re all eating one another

and what else can you do except

eat frozen food

and breathe chemicals

because we all know the chemicals are eating us

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.

5 Responses to By Myself and Not Alone

  1. At least you’re in a chimichanga. I’m in my head most of the time. Nobody should have to be stuck in there!

  2. jaqueenlee says:

    intriguing!

  3. Lee-Anne says:

    Bravo, I like your existential and comic-tragic poem immensely (speaking as person, English major and English teacher :)
    It’s food for thought…pardon the pun but I have a weakness for corny puns and flippancy :)

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