words

it all comes back to words
looking forwards
or staring backwards
because it all started with words
and we’ve observed
that we’ve been cursed,
obscured by words

so we search high and low
sky and floor, quiet and roar
for the word to end all words
to silence all our wars
so we can move towards
a rest from our chore
and reap the rewards
that we’ve been sowing for
all this time

but it all started with words
they lured us, drew us in
promised to cure us of infection
but they couldn’t stop the questions
from spawning in every direction
whether you look forwards, longing
or you search backwards for the lesson,
for the answer to be restored

whether you feel bored or ignored
we’re all aboard this chess board
moving forwards, left and right,
backwards, black and white
with drawn swords, side to side
but night or day, rook or knight
right away we’ve lost the fight,
cause words can’t finish
what words started

© Rylan Skelly, September 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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