Eating the Bitter – for Prompt 62 Chi Ku

We are all children of a diseased god
Random atoms, we are scattered
like seeds in fallow but deceiving earth
We plough life with death
to birth life anew
The fruit so sweet upon our tongue
turns rancid in our bellies
by our own embittered bile
This force indiscriminate
passes within us every moment
unthinking, as a thread through a blinded needle’s eye
We wait to feast
on nothingness and formlessness
Alone in everything
and everything alone

Consume your pain, it is food
The engine of all life
Each drop of blood and every fallen tear
exist to refuelΒ this unaware machine
knowing only that it must feed
Parlay your gratitude and warmth
against this deepest winter
You are consciousness unbound
and lost in boundlessness

Avert your eyes
Some sights should not be seen
They rob you of your hope and choice
to turn the darkest hues to brightest glow
Above a starless sky
might steal your sorrow and despair,
your tiny joys, as star-dust
to illuminate the firmament
with memories we grow too old
to yet recall

(c) Helen Valentina 2014, All Rights Reserved

For mindlovemisery’s prompt at:

I have probably written too dark a poem for the theme, but in a sense the eating of bitterness that Chi Ku seems to me to imply might require a knowledge of what is bitter in the first place…or maybe that’s just me and my mood at the moment! πŸ™‚

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8 Responses to Eating the Bitter – for Prompt 62 Chi Ku

  1. Wow wow! You had me with that opening line! Powerful profound oracular love it!

  2. Very profound…embittered bile is at least something for to have nothing is to die.

  3. Very cool! I’ve done some studying of the concept of the Demiurge, the blind, insane god that created the material world according to the Gnostic gospels. This poem reminds me of that scripture.
    My writing teammate and I created a character study using the prompt.

  4. Bastet says:

    Chi Ku indeed! This is a very deep moving poem with a lacing of mystical hues. Loved what you’ve done with the prompt, it’s so absolutely brilliant!

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