Compressed.

It’s terribly true
that getting through
this messy, stressful,
depressing darkness
requires fire
right from the core of your heart.

Instead of inquiring why the moon,
so high in the sky,
hasn’t handed you progress
on its silver platter,
ask why it’s taking you so long
to rise?

But the darkest night
can’t keep you
compressed;
soon you shall rise into the sky,
as you always do.

© 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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