Unshackled

A chair, a table, a plant.

On the table, a fishbowl, in the corner of the room.

A splash of golden on grey.

It is an itch that refuses to be dismissed, like a picture placed slightly tilted in an otherwise perfect room.

My forehead leans on the glass box, my eyes pressed against the surface.

A goldfish darts past, a bolt of sunlight. It doesn’t spare me a single glance. I am ignored; as it is ignorant of my existence.

I wonder which one of us is the slighted one here.

The world beyond those four glass walls is incomprehensible to it, only a distant dream, the faintest litany. My world ends with this tank.

The only difference between us is the side of the wall we stand on.

Water and air.

Captivity.


Every once in a while, it buts its head against the glass, striking at its prison with its fins.

It swims around the tank, once.

Twice.

Another thump.

Repeat.

There’s something slightly off about the entire scene. About the way its body moves. Stiff. Almost brittle. The eyes are glassy, unfocused. As if it sees something here that I can’t see, living in a universe completely different from mine.

It swishes past me again, moving in those hurried, jerky movements I’ve grown so used to.

I imagine it wishes for freedom. For the glass to shatter and set it free. To see the world from the other side of those walls. My side.

I trace its path with my hand over the glass.

Another thump.


Then one day, it happens.

At first, the crack in the glass is small. Barely the length of a hairpin. I run my hand along the fracture, feeling the tiny welt scratching at the delicate skin.

The goldfish thumps on the glass.

I press the tip of my index finger on the fissure, slowly pushing in. The glass strains under my finger, cutting through the sensitive skin. A bead of red surfaces.

The fracture spider-webs across the tank, creeping along the surface.

One more prod.

A single crack echoes in the room, a muffled gunshot.

The tank shatters all at once, and there’s a mesmerizing beauty to it, to the way the glass seems to implode on itself as the water gushes out, pulsing.

Shards of glass fly around me, flipping slowly end over end, the sunlight catching in each piece. A thousand tiny, beautiful rainbows.

The goldfish is swept out onto the floor, flopping as it struggles to breathe.

Blood drips onto the wet floor from my finger.

I watch as it thrashes on the wood, breathing out the last of its oxygen into the swirls of red.

There’s a certain irony to it.

My life-source mingling with its.

Our worlds have collided.

Hands claw at my throat, and my lungs seem to be surrounded by metal bands. I wheeze in, and my breath whistles, like blowing air into a clogged pipe.

The tank goes blurry. The table, the chair, the plant. Fading away.

Only the fish is left.

The fish and me.

The fish is me.

I was never meant to be unshackled.


Photo by Sadiq Nafee on Unsplash



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202 Comments Add yours

  1. Hauntingly beautiful! I was utterly spellbound; I could see the story unfold before my eyes. Well done!

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    1. Thank you so much, Accipter. You just made my day.<3

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  2. This is so beautiful Shreya.

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    1. Thank you, Sangeet<3

      Like

  3. Lion Prince says:

    Wow, great piece! Seamless transition from one point of view to another, until they both converge. Thank you for sharing this with us. I also wanted to thank you for following me – it’s how I discovered your amazing blog! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much. This truly means a lot.

      And it was my pleasure. I simply loved your piece: The Halfway Point and I can’t wait to read more from you ❤

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  4. debduttapaul says:

    This reminds me of a film, ‘The Truman Show’.

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  5. KT says:

    Creation and annihilation. Entropy. Everyday, every moment. But the energy remains: that law of conservation. And we evolve. Never meant to be captive… More mad honey words from you. Love them.

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  6. delsenboisen says:

    Truely an excellent compilation. Love the irony.
    Too cool.

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you liked it!<3

      Like

  7. sharonchyy says:

    I love this,!fantastic!

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤

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  8. Austin says:

    Beautifully written. Thanks for writing this piece.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Austin! Thank you so much! ❤

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  9. Tom Burton says:

    Fantastic read! Really enjoyed reading this, some great descriptions that pull the reader in. Keep it up! ❤

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    1. Glad you liked it! Thank you!
      I’m loving your work, by the way, your writing is absolutely fantastic… I simply loved the way you’ve paced everything out, the descriptions, the action, everything is amazing ❤

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    2. Tom Burton says:

      Thank you so much! That’s so kind of you 🙂 Glad you enjoying it so far, I know it might seem quite a slow start, but hopefully the reader gets drawn in [plus there’s a dog sidekick. So that’s awesome 🙂 ] I’d be thrilled to know what you think of later chapters, as I’m keen on getting new feedback from readers. Hope you enjoy it! ❤

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    3. Haha agreed (with the awesome dog sidekick, that is). I’m still in the first few as for now, but I’ll definitely let you know once I get there! ❤

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  10. kukupassion says:

    Great piece. It’s deep.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you! ❤

      Like

  11. Fred says:

    There is a science fiction story written in 1942 by Robert Heinlein entitles “Goldfish Bowl” than this made me think of.

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  12. JanBeek says:

    I think none of us was meant to be unshackled. Yet, like that goldfish, we push against the shackles, thumping and stressing to be free, to see what’s on the other side of the fence where we’re sure the grass is greener. And taking a huge leap across the great divide, we skin our knees and bruise our elbows and land in a pile of grass that’s rarely greener than the other side. Ah, such fools, we mortals! Pushing against the shackles until our hearts bleed with greed! Your blog spoke Mountains to me, Natalie. I’ll be back to read more of your “darkest tunnel” – looking for light at the other end!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That was so beautifully expressed! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and sharing your thoughts here! It really means a lot ❤

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    2. JanBeek says:

      You’re welcome. I am happy to reinforce your creative expressions with my appreciation. Keep in sharing. You have a gift! 🎁 ❤️

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    3. JanBeek says:

      You knew I meant “keep ON sharing” right? Where’s spellcheck when you need it?

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    4. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha I got that… thanks anyway! ❤

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  13. I really enjoyed that. Beautiful.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

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  14. What an interesting perspective. I’ve never thought of captivity as particularly comforting, but I guess there is something soothing about the familiar, even when it means captivity.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Well, I guess our ‘normal’ is what is comforting, and our normal shifts and morphs according to what we are experiencing at that moment, doesn’t it?

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  15. A very visual piece; clear in its darkness. Every inmate understands this. Wonderful writing

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! ❤

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  16. mutualfeels says:

    Nicely done, so descriptive. I imagined every ounce of detail. Written very nicely.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! ❤

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  17. theuntoldagent says:

    I really like this post. I read almost all ur post 🙂

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Glad you liked it! Thank you so much! ❤

      Like

  18. I really enjoyed your writing style; it has an artistry that I haven’t been able to convey with my (original) stories.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      I’m so glad you liked it!
      Well, we all have our own styles and niches: I, for one, absolutely fail at writing straightforward stories with actual plots. Hence, the metaphor-ridden, vague pieces. For some reason, I just can’t seem to come up with a good storyline and stick to it, without wondering off like this…
      I’ll get there one day! 😉

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  19. doubledacres says:

    Bravo! Magnificent writing and your imagination is a gift. Thank you for sharing. You are obviously very talented.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

      Like

  20. Reblogged this on MARSHALL W THOMPSON, SR and commented:
    Ms. Switt, making words more than a voice behind a screen !

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Marshall! That really means a lot ❤

      Like

    2. I am a firm believer that humans were designed to communicate and interactive physically. Body language says more than words. You are quite rare in that your writing bares the soul in such a way that your body languages are felt yet not seen. Cultivate and release your Devine gift! Peace

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    3. Natalie Swift says:

      That’s really a beautiful way to put it… thank you so much! ❤

      Like

  21. Seriously I love the way you write.. it’s as if it’s meant just for me. I want to get out but maybe it isn’t right for me.. maybe I am not supposed to.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      You never know until the glass shatters, do you?

      Like

    2. Thanks .. you opened my eyes 😊

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  22. Very nice I did an enjoy the story, you are talented. I am new to this, as I am just putting my thoughts down. I hope that it will help people not feel alone in going through a divorce.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      I’m so glad you liked it!
      Oh? I’m sure it’ll turn out great… good luck on your piece! ❤

      Like

  23. Amazing. Simply amazing. I’d appreciate if you’d read one of my posts. They’re a bit long but well worth it.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      I’m glad you liked it! ❤
      Of course. I'd be my pleasure!

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    2. Thank you so much, Natalie. I’m new to WordPress and I just realized that every time I post a new chapter…everything will be backwards to newcomers…

      Heh…like Star Wars films.

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    3. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha that’s definitely a problem when you’re trying out a series, isn’t it. Not very convenient either…

      Like

    4. Not really…but I’m sure people will like my work

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  24. Sometimes, we feel as if we want something and it is only after we achieve it that we realize that maybe, it wasn’t what we wanted. Maybe, the fish wanted freedom or maybe, it just wanted something different from routine. There is no single answer to anything, is there? This was a thought-provoking post. The first time I read this, I thought it meant that because the narrator could feel what the fish was feeling, the narrator was indeed the fish. Somewhat like a single soul in different bodies.
    But the second time I read this, it made me wonder about what the fish really wanted and how was the narrator connected to the fish. I really loved this piece. You are an amazing writer, Natalie. Amazing in the true sense.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Mmm there definitely is no right answer. It really means a lot to me that you feel that way, Rachel! Thank you so much for your kind words! ❤

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    2. My pleasure. I’d really appreciate if you could take some time to read my latest posts which are actually parts of a series. You captivate me with your writing! And your feedback would be of great help to me.

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    3. Natalie Swift says:

      Sure! I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m done. It’d be my pleasure ❤

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Martina! ❤

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  25. I enjoyed this post 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Glad you liked it! ❤

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  26. Eliza says:

    Thanks for sharing

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  27. Very enjoyable piece to read!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! ❤

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  28. Wow! Well done! I like the way it starts out as a very ordinary day….

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! ❤

      Like

  29. Pola says:

    You pack an incredible punch both conceptually and in your execution! Wow!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! ❤

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  30. tshawwriter says:

    This is an incredibly captivating piece. I love the detailed imagery- the bead of blood, the tiny rainbows…really fantastic!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      I’m so glad you liked it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment here! It really means a lot ❤

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    2. tshawwriter says:

      You’re welcome 🙂

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  31. Great write up 👍

    “The fish and me.
    The fish is me.
    I was never meant to be unshackled.”

    Lived like this for a long time but now its my past and now I AM A FREE MAN IN CHRIST JESUS

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  32. You have written an excellent piece.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Miles! ❤

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  33. esoterica says:

    Just wonderful! Well done. 🙂

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

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  34. Greta Renee says:

    Whoa! This is amazing and terrifying! Great job.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! ❤

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  35. KetCage says:

    WHOA. This was SO good!
    Loved it.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! ❤

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  36. Very well delivered piece

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Ruben! ❤

      Like

  37. Poet6teen says:

    But if you (or we) were never meant to be unshackled, why then do we feel “a drawing” towards another ball of existence?

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  38. What a lovely read. Marvelous work

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Shantanu! That really means a lot ❤

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    2. My pleasure always ❤️

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  39. anandbala1999 says:

    You somehow managed to send whirlpools of thought in my mind.. a great piece of work.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Anand! Glad you liked it ❤

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    2. anandbala1999 says:

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  40. It’s beautifully written. I was mesmerized by every word of it, so much depth in the writing.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

      Like

    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! ❤

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Daniel! That really means a lot ❤

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  41. Great piece of work. Creative and thoughtful

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That means a lot ❤

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  42. There are days when i feel down. Words don’t come to me.

    And then, I read your blog. I feel rejuvenated. I hope you know the power you have, in your writing. It inspires me, and with me – many others, I think.

    This was yet another beautiful piece of writing, which made me feel free. Again. I simply loved reading this!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Honestly, I don’t even know what to say…
      Thank you so much! You have no idea how much that means to me.
      This comment just made my day ❤

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  43. This is disturbing and very powerful

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  44. Lynn Marie says:

    Amazing!

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  45. E. J. Gette says:

    Wow that is very existential

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  46. Shan Bae says:

    This was a captivating piece. You have a way of keeping the mind’s interested peeked. Enjoyed reading this post.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Shan! Glad you liked it! ❤

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    2. Shan Bae says:

      You’re welcome!

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  47. Ric says:

    “Water and Air… Captivity” my favourite part

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Glad you liked it! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

      Like

  48. Ananya Goswami says:

    Sooo mesmerizing, Natalie!!! Just loved it..

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Ananya! That really means a lot ❤

      Like

  49. dreaswar says:

    Lovely . Who’s the prisoner ? Really…

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  50. Khan says:

    This is awesome. Really looking forward to read more of your stuff 🙂 🙂

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Khan! Glad you liked it! ❤

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  51. Laura Bennet says:

    Intriguing perspective. Boundaries keep us safe – even when we feel them as confining, there is freedom and life there. You have created some wonderful imagery.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That’s exactly what I was trying to get across, though I’ve seen some really interesting perspectives coming up on the comments section… it’s always so exciting to see what people can come up with when they read something you wrote, isn’t it?
      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! ❤

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    2. Laura Bennet says:

      I’m glad I got what you were communicating! It’s true – writing is so subjective and we read it from our own space of references, woundedness, and expectation. I remember in literature classes thinking it was somewhat presumptuous to say what the writer meant with their words. Maybe we get it, but maybe we’re way off. You write beautifully no matter what!

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    3. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha, that’s exactly what I was thinking too… but I suppose no writer can ever expect all their readers to look at a piece the exact way they’ve looked at it.
      Thank you so much, Laura! ❤

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  52. @Patricia@ says:

    Good afternoon Natalie, I couldn’t stop reading it (you). I wouldn’t change a thing, simply lovely.
    PA

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Patricia! So glad you enjoyed it! ❤

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! ❤

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  53. This is mesmerising. Life continues to surprise doesn’t it. Although the ending some would say is macabre I prefer looking at it differently. Isn’t the ending truthfully freedom? Freedom from everything, from the constant circling within glass walls.

    And I have always loved your writing 🙂

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That really is an interesting way of looking at it. I guess the fish did get what it wanted then, didn’t it? On another note, we don’t always know what we’re wishing for…
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here, Parikhit! It really means a lot ❤

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    2. I think so the fish did get what it sought 🙂

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  54. Wow. Very beautiful and smooth flow throughout. That ending tho 😱

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha, thank you so much! So glad you liked it! ❤

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    2. 😎 I look forward to more

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  55. mariejordan9 says:

    Hi Natalie,I love how you use the trap fish to explore your life.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Marie! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

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  56. Manessah B. says:

    I loved that ending! Another beautiful and well written thought, Natalie! Hope you’re doing great, my friend! 🙂💖

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Manessah! Glad you liked it! ❤
      I am, thanks! You?

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    2. Manessah B. says:

      You’re very welcome, Natalie! ❤️☺️
      That’s great to hear! I’m in the hospital right now, but in good spirits! lol
      Thanks for asking! 😁

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    3. Natalie Swift says:

      Oh, are you okay? Haha, that’s all that really matters in the end, doesn’t it? 😉

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    4. Manessah B. says:

      Haha, yes indeed! 😄
      I’m doing okay. Nothing too serious to worry about, but hoping I won’t have to have another surgery. lol Fingers crossed that it won’t have to come to that! 🤞😁 I’ve been enjoying your posts, Natalie, and can’t tell you how much they are inspiring me! Keep it up! ☺️❤️

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  57. Brenda Renwick says:

    Mesmerizing as well as startling.

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  58. tara caribou says:

    Wow. Perfectly written. Excellent.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! ❤️

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  59. M'shasho says:

    Plot twist. Give a thing something it craves for most in the world and watch it plunge to its demise. Absolutely beautifully written

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! So glad you liked it! ❤️

      Like

  60. I really admire your writing style. You made a fishbowl and a fish so interesting to read!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it! ❤️

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  61. Ryan Hauck says:

    Well done. Captivating.
    AUM

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Ryan! ❤️

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    2. Ryan Hauck says:

      Of course!

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  62. KesavMahesh says:

    This one is a really interesting one ,your style of writing is really good
    Even i wonder which one of us is slighted💆

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Kesav! Glad you enjoyed it ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    2. KesavMahesh says:

      yeah i did enjoy it.
      I really like it that your thoughts are boundaryless
      Rare to find people with boundaryless thoughts nowadays:)

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  63. Ashes says:

    It baffles me sometimes how amazing people are and the things they can write about. This is amazing! You inspire me to push myself and explore the world of writing more. I’m so glad you exist. ❤

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That means more to me than you could ever imagine.
      I honestly have no idea what to say… this comment just made my day ❤

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it ❤

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  64. phoenixrose says:

    This really resonated with me. Felt like this throughout my teens and early twenties. I can’t say what took me from this place but I’m so glad I’m not there anymore. Beautiful writing x

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  65. txjessy says:

    Wow, very good!!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Jessy! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    2. txjessy says:

      Thank you for sharing your talent 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  66. sunilmdabral says:

    Not a lie, it is to say that how swiftly you have become one of my favourite bloggers.

    What a masterpiece.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That really means a lot to me, Sunil. Thank you so much! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    2. sunilmdabral says:

      You are always welcome. Your writings are excellent. I love the way you build your perspective.

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  67. Beautiful and captivating. The use of the photo with your eloquent words just drew me right in….shackled my thoughts.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha, I’m so glad you enjoyed it… thank you so much for taking the time to read and appreciate! It really means a lot ❤

      Like

  68. Shanshe says:

    And, another wonderful piece of writing that reminds me why I was sucked in to your blogs from day 1! I love the analogy here, how you used the photo to give imagery to your writing. Very good writing!

    I DO have a question if you would be inclined to answer. Do these pieces come/stem from a personal place? It almost feels silly to ask, because I can’t see how they would be this good if they didn’t. That being said, are you seeing any light in your life at this point?

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Shanshe! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this! ❤

      Well, I suppose they are inspired, in a way, from personal incidents. Isn't everything we write? That said, I didn’t specifically try to write about my own life in this piece, but I think its rubbed off all the same. Most of the time, I'm just trying out a new style of writing: this one, for instance, was Margaret Atwood's if you've read any of her books.

      Again, everything you're reading here is just one facet of my life, a single dimension. There's always light and dark at every point in our lives, isn't there? If there was no light, how could we 'see' the dark in the first place…

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    2. Shanshe says:

      Very good point! Sometimes, I forget that there are several dimensions to all of us, including myself! … and if there was no dark, how could we recognize the light? We need both to appreciate the other!

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  69. silent words says:

    The efforts for freedom are mesmerising….but it is useful only if achieved in the right way and on the right time…..

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  70. Reminds me of some old school horror stories 🙂 Love the realization in the end that they are the same.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha, thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it ❤

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  71. josafarblog says:

    It made me thought of my existence and the one on the other side of the wall, if it’s wonderful or like that of the fish which is struggling to survive.

    Natalie,are you on Instagram, I’d like to talk!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Unfortunately, no, not at the moment… you can reach out to me through my ‘Divulge your thoughts’ page though
      I know email is really old-school but I’m still working on setting up my social media pages so…

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    2. josafarblog says:

      Can you share the”divulge your thoughts” link!

      Like

    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you! ❤

      Like

  72. Viduu says:

    This is intense! I love it!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Viduu! ❤

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  73. krulkbenson says:

    Interesting, thoughtful and true, we were never meant to be unshackled, but there’s freedom after death with God.

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  74. josafarblog says:

    Very impressive post!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you! ❤

      Like

  75. Shona Silverman says:

    Natalie, this is an excellent piece of writing. You have woven together two very different lives and shown how similar they are. Then you added a catastrophe that brought your experiences into this single domain viewed from two sides.

    “The fish is me.”
    Ah yes, the killer punchline to a thought-provoking and disturbing, insightful and perceptive piece.

    Shona x

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Shona! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! ❤

      Like

  76. minimalloy says:

    This is thought-provoking and very beautiful xx

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    2. minimalloy says:

      You’re very welcome it was really a lovely read 🙂

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  77. Lovely piece. The parallels between the two living beings are poignant.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  78. twooccasions says:

    Interesting irony in this piece. There is both angst and comfort in captivity. Love it!

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That’s what I was trying to bring about here… thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed reading it! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    2. twooccasions says:

      Much love from a prior captive. I’m now a fan of freedom along with your writing. Thanks for helping me appreciate my past!

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  79. John Reyes says:

    Simply astounding! Another great piece

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, John! That means a lot ❤

      Liked by 2 people

    2. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! ❤

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