the spirit

cut my skin
and you’ll leave a scar
as the wound heals
I become a work of art
no one else
has my exact design
though we all have
the same spirit inside

slice my mind
and you’ll leave a fear
a wound that won’t heal
till I prune it with shears
no one else
has my exact brain
though all our spirits
are one in the same

test my emotions,
give me a heavy load
temptation is a tempest
created by our code
no one else has
my same persuasion
so none have seen
this exact situation

but we’re all the same in spirit
I know you, too, have felt it
bodies, minds
and emotions may change
but the spirit of love
can’t be rearranged
the spirit we share
cannot be contained

© Rylan Skelly, August 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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