Karma’s a bitch: love comes whether you see it or not

Feed me to the lions—
God knows I
would do the same
for you.

If not you,
than who, my love?
Who better than to gift me
a death?—
the miracle
of beginning again.

Who better
to sew up my dues
with black ribbons
fool wrapped
in honey?
By Kali’s
three-way black eye,
her head-turning poisons
like hurricanes
into the mouths
of prisoners.

Who better to chance me
a more beautiful shape
of being,
than eternity with her gown
to the floor—
her body
made of heavens and sweet
succulent blooms
spun from a lyre’s
immaculate web—

and just that much
closer to God.

I thank you,
my horrible, beautiful,
lost and found love
for learning each chord
of my lute,

then breaking it’s notes

to feed.

© Kristin Reynolds 2 7 2011

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Karma’s a bitch: love comes whether you see it or not by 

In the midst of all the lovey dovey poetry coming out for V-Day, I felt the need to post the otherside of love: the not so pleasant, but equally necessary and beautiful act of love which is playing the part of destroyer to the ones we love the most, re: helping us pay back our karmic debts; for who better suited to slay a heart, and give it a chance to grow stronger and even more divine, than the ones we love who are closest to us?
this is the greatest gift, even if at the time, we cannot see it as such.
so this is for all who’ve been broken, and for the ones who broke you.

and thanks to Robin Monroe for contributing this fab image to go along with the poem. It’s as amazingly beautiful as she is. :)


  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuseralmost 4 years ago

    Great stuff, really blunt and powerful.

  • thanks my dear HamperR. :) I can be rather like a mallet to the head at times. :)

    – Kristin Reynolds

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroealmost 4 years ago

    you are one amazing gifted woman….You have captured the other side of Love with perfection.. For Love comes in many different hues and flavors…love this:)

  • Robin, you are so kind; thank you for that.
    and yes, yes it does. It helps in the hard loss times to rememeber this…even in the back of the mind.

    – Kristin Reynolds

  • Blake Steele
    Blake Steelealmost 4 years ago

    Like a shovel full of hot coals, K. Wow.

  • :) Kali is a hard one, and one to be reckoned with—but she is only the other side of love. there must be two sides to recieve the alchemaic third.
    thank you.

    – Kristin Reynolds

  • uncleblack
    uncleblackalmost 4 years ago

    nice work K,you read my mind….ive also re-posted my own valentine piece as an alternative view

  • coolness, UB. thanks man.

    – Kristin Reynolds

  • lianne
    liannealmost 4 years ago

    So raw and powerful, stunning in its truth, Kristin. You’re an amazing talent, my friend – and your book is filled with equally powerful imagery and a flow of words that has become part of the marrow of my bones. xox

  • ah, you flatter me lianne, and are far too kind. I am rather down on the whole me being a writer, thing lately. but it is so nice to hear coming from you.
    hope you are well, always, K

    – Kristin Reynolds

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 4 years ago

    this is brilliantly expressed with raw honesty!

  • Thanks Char. :)

    – Kristin Reynolds

    RVRFNXalmost 4 years ago

    Wow excellent write Kristin :)
    I love the ending. Amidst all the lovey-dovey poems this is a welcome breathe of fresh air.

  • thanks man—yeah, not feeling too lovely dovey at this time. lol

    – Kristin Reynolds

  • AngielArtworkz
    AngielArtworkzalmost 4 years ago

    A powerful,potent mix…thanks for the read

  • no sweat, Ang. thank you.

    – Kristin Reynolds

  • Rusty Gentry
    Rusty Gentryalmost 4 years ago

    It’s a beautiful thing to watch you take the truth and run with it, Kat. Very well done, insight, execution, and effect. You will never cease to amaze me, just unravel your mind a bit, and I’m hooked. Fantastic poem!

  • my mind is already too far gone to reravel. fuck it!
    thank you.

    – Kristin Reynolds

  • Rikki Woods
    Rikki Woodsalmost 4 years ago

    Truly incredible.

  • thanks dear woman!

    – Kristin Reynolds

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