Read: Sean O'Gorman

Sean O'Gorman is an international spoken word artist competing and performing all over the globe. He has been an active member of the Ottawa Poetry Collective as both a performer in multiple slams and showcases as well as an organizer of the Urban Legends poetry slam. He has represented Ottawa in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in both 2010 and 2011. He has released 3 volumes of poetry and spoken word and has worked as a producer bringing together spoken word poets from across Canada.  

Certain Scars

The way we said goodbye
sounded so different this time,
the tone of my own voice
came with me as I left,
carrying itself between
the back of my mind
and the tip of my tongue
where every step I took
only took me further away
from our restless nights
where our bacon mornings promised us
that one day we’d grow fat together,
as if on purpose,
like our tired driveway bodies
would one day become stretch mark highways
that could always bring us back home.


This Day

These are the days
I wished I felt better,
the nice ones
with a touch of wind
where walking
doesn’t need to end.
the clouds turn to secrets
like rain to a memory,
stopping just to stand
and watch something
that needs no sound
in a place
surrounded by nothing but light.



I find myself willing to do anything,
any kind of action
that might bring about a boiling point,
or at least teach me
how to balance on a peak,
something to prepare me
for this life
that looks so much like a wilderness,
a place caught between shadows
and rainbows
where everyone
seems to be hiding from something
and the only things left to be found
are now so lost
they’ve grown tired of waiting
and have disintegrated
into a substance
known only by the wind.


The Spin

I keep making the same mistakes,
like my bad habits
were a universe spinning
always trying
to touch the center,
like it were a dying star
shining like the sun.
I’m chaos
going out of control
into the only darkness
known to be filled
with billions of tiny lights.