11/22/13 Camden, NJ

Time slows

as I walk towards

the federal courthouse on Cooper Street.


a small, almost

withered apple up to a bleak sky.

I don’t think

about how it’s been

fifty years since the last assassination of a U.S. President.

I think

about this city,

and all its hungry children,

a concept

with no anniversary,

a concept which isn’t a concept but an avoidable reality.

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.

7 Responses to 11/22/13 Camden, NJ

  1. pembroke5 says:

    America needs to hear it.

    Alexander Marshall pembroke5@aol.com

  2. Yeah, nobody does think about the children. At least not the ones who are already born.

  3. 67steffen says:

    Thanks for the follow and the chance for me to read your words. In this poem the phrase ” a concept with no anniversary” speaks above everything else, at least to me. We are media driven where horrors come with anniversaries in the mode of “let’s never forget.” Of course, corrective action rarely follows the memories. And we live in a world where half of the food produced is never eaten–another concept without an anniversary. Well done.

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