Resonance

You walk past the street, wind in your hair, smile on your lips. One hand is tucked in your coat. The other clutches a small bag slung over your shoulder.

The crowd is bustling, and you manoeuvre yourself through with a practised ease.

It’s just another day.

Mundane. Normal.

And then, you see me, walking just past you.

If you asked, I would tell you I’ve never met you before.

You’d agree.

I don’t know your name and you don’t know mine.

But nevertheless, you see me, really see me.

So maybe I smile.

Maybe you do.

Maybe you raise up a hand in greeting, a small wave.

Maybe I nod in response.

Maybe our shoulders brush as we cross paths, shuffling through.

Our shadows align under the morning sun. Whole.

Your eyes catch mine, and lock, just for a second. Linger. I look away.

And then, we’re both gone, just as quickly as we appeared.


It was just another day.

Mundane. Normal.

I didn’t know you and you didn’t know me.

We were two ships passing in the night, on different paths in the same waters.

But in that fraction of a second, we were as close as two people could ever be.

This moment; where one soul dips near another, like stars once a year brush the Earth.

Our hearts pulsed to the same beat, and our blood sang the same tune.

Resonant.

We were in resonance.

The moment is gone as quickly as it came.

But in all the years that’ll come to pass, you can’t help but believe.

You will never truly be alone.


Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash

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159 Comments Add yours

  1. KT says:

    Last one. Saving the rest for later. Two ships… floating, somewhere, in the abyss.

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  2. Rambler says:

    We usually realise resonance long after it is gone, but the highs resonate within us for long after. It is funny how dictionary defines mundane, and how life does, they hardly mean the same. These moments of connection, are what makes me wonder how something could be enjoyed to the fullest with no expectation for making them last forever.

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    1. Beautifully said. I simply loved the way you put it ❤

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  3. thoughtsrace says:

    OMG this happend too with me!! and these lines resonate with me 🙂

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    1. Haha glad you liked it! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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  4. I love this! It is beautfully written!

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    1. Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

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  5. rainbowamory says:

    Reblogged this on rainbowamory and commented:
    This is how I feel about my followers, but I want to get to know them more so that we don’t have to feel alone in the things we love or experience.

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    1. So true… thank you so much for taking the time to read and share this piece! It really means a lot

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    2. rainbowamory says:

      No problem!! The reason I’m even on WordPress is because of what happened on Tumblr. My original blog is still there thankfully but alot of my favorite people lost their blogs and in the rush to get people’s contacts, I realized just how much they mean to me and that I should try to interact more. Thanks ^_^

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  6. I really like this. I know that feeling very well.

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  7. Hey, nicely penned..:) it’s sad but beautiful at the same time. Thank for sharing this with us ❤

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

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  8. Wow, Natalie, your writing touched a lot of people, including me! Thank you for sharing your time and talent!

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

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  9. Nour Han Ansari says:

    Oh, Natalie dear… that’s called, pretending. You love the person very-very much but pretends like you don’t have any feeling to the person at all. You resonance in your own loneliness while hoping the person you love so much is right in front you, every single second. How you wish that. How you wish.

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    1. That’s definitely an intriguing perspective and beautifully articulated… thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here! ❤

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  10. Tom Burton says:

    Amazing piece! Very emotive language for those wondrous split-second encounters. Thank you for sharing this! ❤

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

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  11. I love this! It resonates with me as someone who is admiring someone from afar. I cannot even make eye contact with him without getting nervous. Lol. Brilliantly written.

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    1. Haha I feel you. Glad you liked it, Ariane! ❤

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  12. Lindi Roze says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my site. Just enjoyed several of your poems. I don’t know you and you don’t know me and yet I hear my thoughts in your poems. I always find it amazing when I read something and can say “Yeah that, thats what I’m thinking, thats what I feel like…” Thank you for sharing your gift. All the best.

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    1. Mmm I definitely know that feeling…glad you could experience that here, Lindi! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment here! ❤

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  13. rashu2015 says:

    Beautifully written Natalie.

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤

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  14. Nids says:

    Beautifully penned and truly romantic. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so mcuh for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

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  15. Sagar says:

    Just beautiful. You described beautifully how hearts communicate in every-day life. Thank you for reading my posts and inspiring me to write more.

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

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  16. My Deaf Mind says:

    It sings my mind through my heart. Very beautiful! Cheers and peace to you.

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

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  17. Wow Natalie this was awesome, I love it. Glad you liked my post Obsession For Perfeccion btw ☺️

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    1. It was my pleasure. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment! ❤

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  18. I really love your writing. I’ve read few of the posts, and every one of them is unique, every one of them beautiful!

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    1. That means so much to me. Thank you! ❤

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  19. franklparker says:

    So evocative – of all those moments that might have become something else entirely. Well done – Oh, and thanks for liking my very mundane memoir piece! (and for showing me the proper spelling for ‘manoeuvre’). hmm. . . WP still puts a wiggly red line under it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Frank! Glad you liked it!
      Mmm I’ve noticed, but I find that Grammarly is so much more reliable than WordPress for spell-check, and a lot easier to work with too.
      And it was my pleasure ❤

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  20. Fred says:

    Love at first sight can be real.

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  21. namelessneed says:

    fine job, Natalie. now this is the kind of true romance I can imagine, realize, fantasize, & believe.
    I love it/ thank you
    g.r.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

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  22. Rebecca says:

    I so enjoyed this and have this same experience often myself. God bless.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

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

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

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  23. Such a beautifully penned piece!!! Loved your words and the topic!! Bravo, Natalie!!!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤️

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    2. Loved the way you did this! Almost like a movie moment!
      xoxo

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    3. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha glad you liked it! ❤️

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  24. Exquisite! And utterly alive. Thank you 🙂

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That really means a lot to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

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  25. Magical Mystical Mimi says:

    This is haunting. *This* is poetry at its finest. I feel like I’ve had the most beautiful moment. Wow.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

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

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  26. Ooh, I like this very much. It makes me want to write poetry, but can’t.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

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

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you! ❤

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  27. mellowstorm says:

    Really fraction of a second can evoke miracles….loved your style of writing!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! ❤

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  28. As always…wonderfully written, beautifully worded.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

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

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  29. Took you breathe away as I read it. Beautiful !!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      It was my pleasure, Monika. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

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  30. Mei Mafinda says:

    A beautiful, intimate piece Natalie

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! ❤

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  31. It’s always cool when you read about a phenomenon you experience, especially when described vividly like so. Suddenly that aspect of being becomes more alive under a new light.
    That optical connection with someone you’ve never known and may never ever know might just be a hint that we’re more related than we choose to believe.
    Your writing is felt and personal. More ink to your pen Natalie.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That’s really a beautiful way to put it Gerard… thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here! It really means a lot ❤️

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    2. Pleasure’s all mine. 🙂

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  32. My eyes catch yours and you look away.

    Why do we look away? When we don’t, when we stop and exchange a few words, we eventually become best of friends, don’t we?

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Definitely true… I guess not all of us are that comfortable with real connection today
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here! It really means a lot ❤️

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  33. stoneysworld says:

    Very deep. Happens dozens of times a day but do we recognize this? You did. Kudos.

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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 share your thoughts here! ❤

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  34. silent words says:

    It feels like somebody has touched your soul … come closer than humanly possible, beautifully written💕

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

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

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me. Unfortunately, as I’m trying to keep the blog an award-free zone, I’m afraid I can’t put up a post about it, but I really appreciate the gesture all the same. Congratulations to you on being nominated! ❤

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    2. Welcome and that’s up to you totally Natalie. 🙂

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  35. myspace says:

    “Our shadows align under the morning sun….” This line has amazing imagery…
    “Our blood sang the same tune” is very interesting…
    Resonates so much with me.. I loved it Natalie… Thank you for sharing it..

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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 share your thoughts here! ❤

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  36. I absolutely love it! The magical feeling of the endless possibilities perfectly written. 🙂 Not forgetting a little bit of awkwardness at times. XD

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here! ❤

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  37. hello there! i have nominated your blog to the Sunshine Blogger Award. please click on the link below to get more details. https://wordpress.com/post/loveandlife383.wordpress.com/128

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Pramodya! That really means a lot to me. Unfortunately, as I’m trying to keep the blog an award-free zone, I’m afraid I can’t put up a post about it, but I really appreciate the gesture all the same. Congratulations to you on being nominated! ❤

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  38. lilynicolee says:

    “We were two ships passing in the night, on different paths in the same waters.”

    This was so beautiful, so much passion and emotion. I love this part of your poem! You’re so talented and I admire your creativity. I look forward to reading more! (:

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  39. Wow… It takes me back twenty years lol … Beautiful memories

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha I’m glad you liked it! ❤

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  40. thevoicenet says:

    The way you are writing is amazing, your words can actually make people to feel something. At least for a moment you made us to think that we are not actually alone.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

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

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  41. such rare moments are most often lost forever…

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      So true… all the more reason to be mindful of them and cherish that feeling while you can, isn’t it?

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    2. but the aftermath sucks, and so i don’t know about that… 😀

      a few moments of joy, and afterwards a lifetime of regret and missing…

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  42. This post forces you to pause for a while, smile and think of all the folks you chance upon, the hurried glances, the flicker of a smile, the little wave! It’s beautiful Natalie 🙂

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      I’m glad you thought so, Parikhit. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

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  43. Ed Muindi says:

    Wow! Beautiful!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you! ❤

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  44. Ana Daksina says:

    Beautiful! Reblogging to sister site “Timeless Wisdoms”

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

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

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  45. _PritamDas_ says:

    your personality through your writing is amazing thankyou. I wish I would bring that too. THankyou

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That really means a lot to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

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  46. Autho R. says:

    I just followed you recently, and just wanted to tell you write great!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That really means a lot to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment! ❤

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  47. E. Lynn says:

    I resonated with this just now. Nicely done.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

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

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! ❤

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  48. I was actually feeling as if I was meeting you!
    Very beautifully written😃💠

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha thank you so much, Bhavya! Glad you liked it! ❤️

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  49. E says:

    Enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Glad you liked it! ❤

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Ricardo! ❤

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  50. Poornima V says:

    That’s amazing….very well expressed 🙂

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Poornima! ❤

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  51. Your sense of pacing works well here; I like how you mix standalone words with full sentences. For some reason, this piece reminds me of the Radiohead song “Jigsaw Falling Into Place,” even though the two are somewhat different thematically. Insofar as grammar is concerned, there should not be an apostrophe in the line “Maybe our shoulder’s brush as we cross paths, shuffling through.” Also, if you’d prefer not to hear of my grammatical critiques, I am perfectly happy to cease them. (But, in my defense, I’m only doing what I can to help you make your writing more excellent.)

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha I’m so glad you liked it!
      Arghh I’m just hopeless. I cannot believe I missed that: I swear I read through this one about a million times before I posted it.
      No, of course not! Really, you’re doing me a huge favor. Thank you so much! ❤

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  52. Knightsreich says:

    Moments like these make me realize that we truly are all the same.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Exactly… thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

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  53. missyrogers says:

    Incredibly thought provoking and well written, thank you.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That really means a lot to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

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  54. shannonfeetham says:

    This is awesome Natalie!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much!<3

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  55. Wow…your writing is incredible!!! I love it!!! Keep it up! 😊

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

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  56. chaikristin says:

    Beautiful description of very very short moments. Mundane but important! ☺️☺️

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      I’m glad you think so. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here! ❤

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  57. It is amazing how a minor, chance encounter can make such an impression on a person for their entire life. Nicely done 🙂

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      It definitely is… glad you liked it! ❤

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  58. What poetry! Amazing 🙂

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! ❤

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  59. Huub Koch says:

    This is even more than resonating, this is touching the reader, even over long distances, because you are literally and figuratively on the skin.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      I’m so glad you thought so, Huub! Thank you so much! ❤

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  60. bunnerbooky says:

    Your writing is so BEAUTIFUL and I’m so jealous!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Haha thank you so much! ❤

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  61. Emphorium says:

    To have and to hold, one moment of attention, then gone. This love is fleeting yet leaves a lifetime Impression. Life is a series of moments passing. You describe a significant memorable moment. This at the attosecond of connection is exquisite. Thank you for the prompt to pause and ponder. Chris T.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      That was such a lovely way to put it, Chris, thank you so much for this ❤

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  62. leelah saachi says:

    I know this experience so well. It can be with all kins of people – suddenly you know! Ther you are. Here am I. PRESENT. What a reminder 🙂

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Exactly. I’m so glad you liked it, Leelah! Thank you so much for taking the time to read! ❤

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  63. librepaley8 says:

    Lovely and profound, made me think.

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Glad you liked it! Thank you so much! ❤

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  64. farhantalks says:

    Wow it’s fabulous
    I really love it .

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  65. Hi Natalie, Nice idea, well done. I was distracted by one phrase, though: where I come from a ‘two-fingered salute’ is a euphemism for a well-known rude gesture. Not what you meant in this case?

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Oh I did not make that connection… definitley not what I meant. I think I just imagined the entire scene in my head, and when I was writing it, it just fit.
      Thank you so much for pointing that out, I’ll definitley update it. ❤

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  66. That was beautiful. Breathtaking. All the possible synonyms thereof. I loved this!

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot ❤

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    1. Natalie Swift says:

      Thank you so much, Sunith! ❤

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    2. Sunith says:

      Welcome Natalie 🙂

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