The Man who Ate the Universe (#1)

Key to the World – Vladimir Kush

There is a shallow sinking unfurling inside my bosom

My eyes smell like a lie perched in a lonesome nest

He says that there’s a lot to live for but when I look at the sky, it feels like for a moment; it’d rather freefall into my ribs

Why is vastness so daunting?

A bloody lip, a bloody elbow

I’ve been angry at the walls and my skin, I’ve been angry at my body and I punish it every time a shard from the past’s mirror becomes the only way for me to see myself

There are hands that don’t belong to me,

And colours that seep into my cuticles without meaning to…

A yellow moonlight fades upon my tongue, it’s a rustic desire biting me down

A man comes to me, he says the world is in his pocket – among other things,

I tell him that I want the universe – everything out there and within,

I never see him again. Some days when the sun is in an inexplicable hurry and the stars whisper in secrecy; I hear them talk of a man who ate the universe and now he’s out there – and within

I look down at my empty palms holding on to nothing but a blackness that has no shade, a hope that has no name.

-Nameera Anjum Khan


This is my very first entry for the Napowrimo Based on the prompt ‘Sun Ra and his Arkestra (Animated Version)‘. I’m planning on spending this whole month here, away from the chaos in my original world of Poetry as I juggle between my passion and academics. Here’s to a consistent beginning!

Thank you for your time, if you want you can check out the daily Prompts too and give them a try.

P.S

I came across the prompt while reading ‘The Sun Queen’ – a Beautifully crafted poem by Rahul Gaur. Thanks for the inspiration! (:

13 Comments

    1. I used to have the same problem to be honest. But I’m only doing this just so I can keep this blog alive and make a proper schedule for it. Until then, Napowrimo would be a great help!
      Yeah well, I was gonna write that my eyes smell like onion 😂 which they quite frankly did yesterday haha I’ve been using Ayurvedic eye drops to hopefully fix my eyesight. They continue onion and honey – hurts like a bitch!!

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      1. Lol, you should be crying if you’re using onion as well as everyone around you.

        I’m clueless how to keep blogs alive. Theres ten people who bother to read what I write and suspect half of them didn’t even read it, just hit the like button so I would like whatever they wrote.

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      2. Haha oh well, I usually put it when no one’s around cause it’s a sight to behold xD

        I actually stopped posting here ever since I joined Instagram. But this is where I developed writing as a passion and actually recognized it as something that I wanna do for a lifetime. So yeah, it holds s really special place in my heart and I just hope I can do justice to it, or at least post everyday.

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      3. Well I can’t really speak for the popularity of poetry lmao well I’ll be honest it is, but it comes from the perspective of people only writing things that others want to hear. Which again is a misuse of poetry. Though there are exceptions ofc! I sometimes make videos on it and post excerpts, that’s it. I like addressing some social and political issues there but yeah as far as poetry goes, WP is the best.

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  1. Wow, this was simply brilliant. Loved the number of emotions you’ve put into it and yet it contains a peaceful edge to it which just elevates it into greatness. Glad I could inspire you 🙂

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