Toxicity.

Masculinity can be toxic or positive,
Femininity can be poisoned or empowered –
neither one is good or bad on their own.

Comedy or tragedy depends on how we act,
playing out our roles upon the stage.
Do our parts set us free or lock us in a cage?

At the end of the day,
we decide how we’ll live, who we’ll be,
and if we disagree with the director’s vision, we can walk out of the theatre.

If he tells us how to play the leading roles in our own lives,
the show must not go on.
It’s only toxic if we stay.

© Rylan Skelly, December 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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