With the Word We Will be Healed

“Stoned to death in the streets of San Francisco,

in the year of grace 1869 by a mob

of half-grown boys and Christian school children.”


The tiniest one cast first

then lined up for smiles

in sepia school picture

viewing a future stranger

says how cute the young

pale tot smiles into the present.


Wan Lee’s human flesh

was never photographed.

Rather, the iron and wood

in which he worked became

what his master’s religion bid

them to be. A conduit imposed on.


It was true.


Wan Lee was meek.

If only forcibly.

And so he inherited soil.

And yet it was foreign.

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.

4 Responses to With the Word We Will be Healed

  1. Steven Krohn says:

    Thanks again for all of your wonderful posts. They carry such meaning when you think about the words being used.

  2. pembroke5 says:

    You can always count on my vote.

    Alexander Marshall pembroke5@aol.com

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