theythemtheir

let me offer you
another piece of advice
about “They” “Them” and “Their”
these words are also lies

these words are thin
thoughts we bathe in,
soothing us once again
“at least we aren’t them

“at least I’m not like that”
but “They” aren’t truly different
“You” and “I” are the same
We’re all children, all immigrants

get rid of these words
replace them with “I”
I am “They” and “Them”
We all have tears 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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