no bookends

hell is not somewhere
you end up when you pass on,
neither is heaven

we experience
hell and heaven wherever
we follow our feet

today is heaven
for some, today is a hell
what day will you make?

birth, death, and rebirth
these occur throughout your life
they are not bookends

there are no bookends
life flows on infinitely
in all directions

hell on earth is life
heaven on earth is life, too
which life will you choose?

© Rylan Skelly, November 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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