rebels became elders

Do you scrunch up your nose at the smells
of poor grammar and words mispelt?
Do you guffaw, blurt out corrections
when language goes off on the wrong directions?
Are you a pet to you’re peeves?
Do you bow down them on your knees?
Does “rights” shackle you to “wrongs”
with myriad misconceived bonds?
I certainly was, until I broke the chains
and rearranged the concepts in my brains.
I realized one fateful day
that correctfulness is just a game,
and everything “right” was once a “wrong.”
Every rule, every order,
every brick and every mortar,
every syntax, clause, and word,
everything properly observed,
was once the breaker, not the rule –
was the beginning of a brand new school.
From the babbling infancy of our species
have spewed a billion trillion theses,
each breaking the rules of the previous order –
rebelling for pleasure, glory, and torture –
till the rebels became elders, the same as the former,
and viewed the new grammer with equivalent horror.

© Rylan Skelly, November 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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