Variations On a Theme

A tale told by an idiot, as
the most exalted of English writers
once wrote.
Stories are what encompass us;
the human experience uniform in
its variation.
Contact, community, care, and compassion
at odds with
isolation, indignity, indiscretions.

Our experience in this life defined
not by those who would enforce their
own narrative, but by how
we choose
to write our story.

Our strength is in our fragility;
our downfall in refusing to recognize this.
We are a community of individuals,
telling our unique stories in the same ways,
combined through creation;
variations on a theme
sung into being by
Something other.

by Erik Shinker