I never knew you

I never knew you,
but I could not exist now
if you had not lived.

I never knew you,
but in the mirror’s image
I can see your eyes.

I never knew you,
but for better or for worse
I am in your debt.

I never knew you,
but I know you did your best,
however things went.

I never knew you,
but I can hear your advice
if I stop and wait.

I never knew you,
but I have taken your place.
Someday, they’ll take mine.

© 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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