Author’s note: This poem was written as part of CV2’s 2 Day Poetry Contest. Once a year, participants are given a list of ten words, and tasked to write a poem incorporating all of those words within a 48 hour period. This was a neat new experience for a word nerd, and connecting with other writers via social media during the contest was wildly fun. The writerly adrenaline was real, and I enjoyed using words that I otherwise never would have.
The Universe’s Kitchen
This commodious heart
beats for many a cause, a being, a connection
longing to slow time to a halt,
intent on lingering within these moments that will (all too soon) become memories.
While she longs for romance—for a frisson to run through her,
Even more than all of this, her desire is holistic
to see the pith of our existence
living, breathing, moving, as one.
While it would be feckless to deny our shared connections,
it is easier to judge than go searching for similarities,
and so we meander through life, as if blind and blissfully unaware.
The universe is a funny thing.
Sometimes she’s a bit of a Pinterest-fail chef,
throwing all sorts of things together in a great big tub,
waiting with anticipation
to see what glorious, delicious, accidents transpire.
She gazes lovingly at her gloopy but effective entrée
as a knowing grin spreads across her nondescript face.
She breathes on the sleek oven door, revealing our roric blueprints.
Glorious works in progress, of lives attempted to be lived well.
If we were to show up in this world
gripping so tightly to our biases and preconceived notions that our knuckles turned white,
what would be left?
Unable to see each other
as anything more than another face.
It is a stark reality—but we do.
we enter battle every day
and even though we don’t know the stakes—we still want to win.
because we’ve been conditioned that way.
We put on our armour: our coifs, breastplates, and invisible metal
clanging with each step.
But what if we began to ask questions of ourselves?
What if we operated from a space of curiosity
about all that the universe is concocting?
What if we questioned our autonomous routines
of putting on invisible armour laden with rust, and harboring fear of our fellow beings?
For if we all entered the kitchen together
We could bake up something magical.