Oldborn.

I’ve been an old man
since I was born
It’s why my eyes
see as though worn
by time’s relentless
pricks and thorns

I am old at heart;
I take nothing for naught
I know a reason lies –
which can’t be fought –
behind every single thing
homegrown
or store bought

Newborn or oldborn
we all need the same:
Love and simplicity,
not clutter and fame;
fidelity and care,
progress – not mere change

I am oldborn, truly
my soul bears age’s sting
I know it is one heart
from which all humanity sings
We’re one people across time –
from our curses
to our blessings –

bearing responsibility
for the future’s sake.
Half-floating in dreams
half ridgidly awake –
A people caught between,
who feel heaven’s ache

I’ve been an old man
for all of my life
I know that were all blessed by love,
all cursed with strife
And all must settle the ways
they spend their days
before the scythe

© Rylan Skelly, February 2018


About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between; I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions - Eastern, Western, or in between; I'm genderqueer, and I'm comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I'm married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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