the original sin

the moment
when you realize
you can die
your teeth
sink into the pair
for the first time
the pair,
greed and fear,
dominate your mind
the pair
takes control
waiting in disguise.
your teeth gnashin’
lash out, sharp and ripe
haphazard knives
shred and strike
the moment
sets you free
once you realize
you can put down the pair
and leave that fruit behind

Based upon Genesis 3

© Rylan Skelly, August 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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