disappointment disguised

splinters strike deep
with their short fingers
shanking silently forwards
towards their sacred score
shimmering with salivation
smiling, jeering at the shamed one

gasps escape from frantic, groping lungs
gagged by grief and gouged by God
the grave gaped open
greedy for its goat
it hungrily gobbled up the gift:
disappointment disguised as success

© Rylan Skelly, April 2019


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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