mindlovemisery prompt 62 Chi ku: the fruit of bitterness

Gerome wondered how she could have so much knowledge inside her head without it aching, swelling. exploding.

“What is it like to remember everything? Do you not feel pressure on your head?”

She smiled her shy smile: “My mind is full fragmented images, bits of conversations, book pages, numbers, faces, places all swirling around. When I need to remember a certain thing, I reach into the swirl and pull out the pieces to make the whole.”

“You remember emotions: sorrow, loss, grief, loneliness? Feel pain, anger, fear?”

“Yes, reproach, rejection, humiliation, regret, jealousy. My own and what I’ve seen in others.”

Gerome put his hand on her shoulder. “Happy times?”

“Oh yes,” she said, not seeming to mind his supportive hand, “Joy, smiles, weddings, births, laughter, teasing, tickles, learning, reading, scribing, dancing, frolicking, walks in meadows full of flowers.”

Her smile grew wider, her eyes brighter as she remembered the good as well as the bad.

“Gerome, just because I’ve seen evil, doesn’t mean I have to see it again everyday. I’ve eaten the fruit of bitterness but that doesn’t mean I need to be bitter myself.”



10 thoughts on “mindlovemisery prompt 62 Chi ku: the fruit of bitterness

  1. Bastet July 3, 2014 / 7:18 am

    Ah … loved this interesting dialogue .. so true that we should remembe both, the good and the bad to ignore either is to enter either into folly or bitterness. A great reflective post!


    • phylor July 3, 2014 / 8:18 am

      Thank you — story arch alert — this is purposefully putting certain characters in the narrative.


    • phylor July 1, 2014 / 3:12 am

      Thanks. Chi ku is a very interesting principle/concept. Thanks for introducing it!


  2. wendy June 30, 2014 / 10:45 pm

    and yet there are many times we know we have seen something we just can’t quite remember…….


    • phylor July 1, 2014 / 3:14 am

      Yes — that’s why she, with the gift of remembering (photographic memory) is my antithesis!


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