Pounding down the door or
Letting itself quietly in
To do what it pleases

Intrusive as the sun or
Elusive as the breeze
It calculatedly reaches

Knives in the moonlight or
Flowers plucked in June
It silently seizes

Soft enough to lay down or
Prodding until puncture
It deceptively teaches

Coursing through my body or
Inserting in my mind
Its sultry diseases

Clawing for my life or
Laying down to die
On its blood-red beaches

Breeding within my heart or
Creeping in from outside
My pungent creatures

© Rylan Skelly, July 2018

About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo and I love 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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