you are not

you are not safe

you are not

in the suburbs

you are not

wearing pants

your face is not safe

from the ridicule

you are not


from the pain

your parents are not


they worked hard

so you could die

in an empty lot

you are not

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.

8 Responses to Safety

  1. And now I feel insecure and unsafe. Thanks alot.

  2. pembroke5 says:

    This is dangerous. I liked it. That’s my subjective reaction. The poem is excellent. That’s the aesthetic–the suffering is real. Alexander Marshall

  3. pembroke5 says:

    What I should have said–I like the poem as a poem; the reality behind it, and the thoughts expressed, are frightening to me. That would be a more considered judgement. I’m often pulled off base when I encounter poems of yours that surprise me. I often comment spontaneously without thinking things through. Alexander Marshall

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