here’s a piece of advice
the word “I” is a lie
it is ignorance and illusion
an infant born to die

the same is true of “me”
and brothers “my” and “mine”
each are immature and meagre
immaterial, drunk on whine

replace these words
and truth, you shall find
with which words, you ask?
“all,” “we,” and “us” would do fine

remember that all suffer
we, not just I
but when we all are one
all of us shall cease to cry

© 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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