the year of lyrics: a poetry project

my search for inner-peace, one poem at a time

Day 358 – Bitter Melon

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Disappointment tastes like bitter melon
Have you had it?
It is a tropical, bitter fruit
That somehow has made it into the backyard garden
It thrives from its creeping vine
That twists around the wooden trellis

Disappointment is first masked by the climax
You think you’ve surpassed greatness
Until you take a bite
And it leaves your mouth crying for a new flavor

In a way, disappointment is disguised as a fruit
Except it is in no way sweet
When it is quite ripe, it turns into
A squash-like yellow
So my family is sure to pick it when it’s still green

And still it is bitter when it is in its prime
That is as good as it is going to get.

Disappointment is as good as it is going to get.
Unless…

You add some more spices to enhance its flavor
Make the dish into something to savor
Add more fatty meat
Add salty shrimp paste
Add eggplant, string beans, squash, okra
They’ll absorb the bitterness and replace it with something worth desiring

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