Fall to Power

Whatever we did, we did for power.

Money. Love. Beauty. Respect. Family.

Power to control, to seduce, to create, to morph.

Science to control our surroundings, psychology to control ourselves. Society to control our world.

Everything you could have possibly yearned for, anything you could want, in the end, was merely a tireless quest for dominance.

It sounds vain, even as I think it. To reduce the entire of our lives, all our hopes, our dreams, our drive, as they would say, to one pathetic power-play.

But to be vain itself is a power, to have the power to be vain, to be selfish, to think only of oneself. A luxury. How we wasted it.

Don’t be like that, they would tell us. Serve. Adapt. Fulfil. 

Be selfless, sans the self, shrink yourself, smaller, smaller, until you no longer exist.

How can you want when you are not in being?

You are content, they told you. Happy. This is what happiness feels like.

How were we to know?


It’s why we fell in the end, I think to myself.

Because there was that ‘more’ lingering in the air, more power over the other person, loved more, respected more.

Big words like ‘unconditionally‘ and ‘forever‘ thrown about, disrupting the balance.

When we fought over the TV remote, the restaurants, who paid the bill, who fed the cat, who took out the trash. Hands flying, head shaking, dishevelled, letting loose, words spewing out of red lipstick, I remember, there was so much red towards the end.

How trivial, we thought, how mundane.

In the end, it was those little things that did it.

We laughed about it afterwards, of course, hands clutched together, eyes smiling, mingled sighs and half-hearted apologies.

But the more was still in the air, whispering, scheming.

They say that when you go deaf, it starts off as just a small humming in your ears. And then day after day, night after night, it slowly drowns out the world around you, until it’s all you can hear.

That was what it was like, this ‘more‘. It was like going deaf, deaf to what you have, right before you.

When we pretended we didn’t care, hurting, hurting so much, battered, broken, tired, oh-so-tired. That was about power too.

Apathy. Ignorance. The less you care, the better. The less you know, the less you care. Close your eyes, go in blind, go in deaf, more, more, more.

We craved the imbalance and we paid for it. The scales finally tilted. We fell.

In the end, we fell, falling, falling, was that power?

Was I happy, then?

I can’t remember.

The fall was a grey blur, a single whoosh, a rush of blood to the head, passion, lust, rage, hunger, us gasping for breath, breathless.

It was breathtaking, as they would say.

That’s not always a good thing.


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  1. I love all of ur work, plz let me know ur new domain here or thru email
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    1. Thank you! Will add you to the list.<3

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    1. Thank you for linking to me, Neru!<3

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  2. nerueru says:

    Yassss! More is the real Monster. I love this so much 🙏

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  3. galindojoe says:

    Power is a drug, a vapor hope, and a hopeless legacy.
    Not more, not less.

    Superb masterpiece of writing!

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    1. Loved the way you’ve put it…
      Thank you so much. I’m delighted to hear you enjoyed it<3

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  4. You can learn a lot about someone by making a little effort to understand how they think of power. I once understood it as the peak of mountains. Nothing above it but the dreamy, vapid clouds.

    That was before the first of the days of my life — those days people who grow old like me now sometimes look back upon and call the better loves, the curiously transforming great loves of their lives.

    It takes a bit of genius, I suspect, to compose a poem about power as seen from the perspective of “Fall to Power”. To see how it is the quintessence of human nature to turn the inherent social instinct of poo-flinging apes to rank themselves against others — to turn that instinct into the meaning of everything in life. And then go further than that to see how it might bring about our own fall.

    At least, that’s my take on your poem. Not sure how spot on I am. A professor once called me “Pre-Christian”, “Ancient Greek”, and “Possessed by the Tragic Worldview of the Athenians”. Didn’t know a damn thing about what he was talking about at the time. But nowadays I wonder if I don’t see the tragic flaw of our species in nearly everything.

    I agree with the other good folks who have commented — the ones I have read — this is an excellent poem in the fullest sense of “to excel”. Thanks for it.

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    1. Thank you. I don’t think there’s any right interpretation of the piece; when I look back now, what I was thinking when I wrote the piece seems irrelevant.

      ” But nowadays I wonder if I don’t see the tragic flaw of our species in nearly everything.”: We’re only as strong as our weakest links, after all. And besides, it’s only our ‘flaws’ that can be pondered on, dissected, and examined. Dwelling on our dominance as a race is hardly as intruiging, nor is such scrutiny necessary…

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    2. So strange how we so often chase after the unnecessary with a will everyone else — every other animal — reserves for chasing after the necessary, Natalie. What’s up with that, anyway? And how can we so often fail to notice it?

      Not saying it’s a bad thing, not saying it’s a good thing. But this blind chasing is a thing. Allegedly the most powerful brain of all, and yet it sometimes seems our main use for it is to hide ourselves from ourselves with it.

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  5. …Powerful words of the powerful mind, talking about the facts of the real life, and how everything that we do in our lives is controlled by others, we are becoming more and more like the people in George Orwell’s book “1984”., the World of Big Brother. I like your powerful and meaningful set of words that you use. Also, the blog layout is so fantastic and professional! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it ❤

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  6. afrooz.z says:

    when its all about the power ,does it really matter in the end?
    so touching .

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    1. Exactly my thoughts…
      Thank you! I’m glad it resonated ❤

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  7. antoniazen says:

    ‘But the more was still in the air, whispering, scheming.’

    my favourite line; says so much!

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    1. Thank you, Antonia! Glad you liked it ❤

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    2. antoniazen says:

      🙂

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  8. Whoa your blog is dynamite!!
    As soon as I click3 on it, I was like YEESSS!!

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    1. Haha, thank you! So glad you’re enjoying my work ❤

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    2. Of course!!! 💕❤️💜💗♥️

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  9. She. Ayn Rand had only published two great works – The Fountain Head and Atlas Shrugged. But I don’t think you will cherish the books. You better be yourself no need for Rand’s brand of capitalism, individualism etc. You rock and keep rocking.

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  10. Tina S. says:

    We wield all these powers by birth. But to me, the greatest of all is the power that lies behind self-control. Thank you for his wonderful piece, Shreya. This work of yours spoke directly to me.

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  11. Nice analysis of the pros and cons of questing for more. Ayn Rand my heroine wants greed to be the creed, for all to want more. But real insightful thoughts.

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    1. Thank you. I’m yet to read any of her’s but I keep hearing her books are amazing. Any recommendations?

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  12. inkgirl says:

    Exceptional👌!love your choice of words
    Thumbs up dear👍

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  13. Ajitha Kala says:

    This Blog is practically Everything ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Ajitha. That means a lot.

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  14. aroughguidetolife says:

    I love the way you write, it’s beautiful. Thank you for finding time to read my blog I’m always humbled by someone new reading it.

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

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  15. KT says:

    Damn. Your pen is a self-introspective guillotine. Let it fall. Let it fall!

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    1. “Self-introspective guillotine”: I simply love the way you put it. In a way, I suppose that’s what all writers are; baring the most shameful corners of our world so that a story can live.

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    2. KT says:

      Occam’s razor was a pen. Yours is damn sharp.

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  16. Profoundly self reflective line-“It’s why we fell in the end, I think to myself.”

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  17. Thank you for following Journal of a Young Buddhist Radical. Your post on Fall to Power was quite insightful about the nature of power itself and the inner struggle with the vanity of it all, struggles which King Solomon puts forth in Ecclesiastes quite profoundly. As I read your post it seems like you were talking about many of those in power today in Washington. Much to think about. I should re-read it. James

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    1. I’m glad it resonated with you, James. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here! ❤

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  18. Kat says:

    Where have you been all my life?
    Are you for real? Can I touch you or is it all a dream?!

    Your writing..

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    1. Haha thank you so much, Kat. That truly means a lot ❤

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  19. tbirdsoaring says:

    Golden introspection of self juxtaposed to all. Vanity urges POWER for certain. Egotistic illusions dangled. Yeah i feel like I discovered GOLD. That’s because I did, Thank You Natalie Swift!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Mark! It means a lot ❤

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    2. Mark Lowe says:

      My pleasure! You are a fantastic writer 🙂

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  20. At the end, trying to adapt to others we lose ourselves, our uniqueness that we are so proud of.

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    1. True. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment here, Ianus! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Kylee! ❤️

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  21. TMH says:

    Thanks for your thought-provoking content.

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    1. Glad you liked it! ❤

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  22. andsend says:

    Love how raw this is!

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    1. Glad you liked it! Thank you! ❤

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  23. Écrirature says:

    Bonjour ! Je profite d’un peu de temps pour surfer sur des blogs inconnus que je découvre. Un bel article incitant à une envie de revenir. 🙂 Au plaisir d’échanges qui sait ? En vous souhaitant une bonne fin d’après-midi plein de soleil !

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    1. Bonjour à vous aussi!
      Quoique je peux comprendre le français assez bien, je ne suis pas très familier de la langue écrite. Donc, pardonnez-moi si mes pensées ne traduisent pas comme ils le devraient. Je suis si heureux que vous avez bien aimé lire cet article. Ça compte beaucoup pour moi que vous avez pris le temps pour visiter et faire des remarques.
      Merci bien pour cela! ❤

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  24. become1one says:

    YOU are a Beutiful Soul, Shining their Bright Light on humanity. You speak Your TRUTH …………….Do not sell Yourself short. In Your prologue it mentions You write ‘fiction’………..You need to change that…………You are in touch with your TRUTH. Have a Beautiful Journey

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    1. That really means a lot to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave such a lovely comment!
      Lots of love ❤

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    2. That really means a lot to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave such a lovely comment!
      Lots of love ❤

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  25. Emerald says:

    But to be vain itself is a power, to have the power to be vain, to be selfish, to think only of oneself. A luxury. How we wasted it.
    I love this line💖

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  26. Choice is the basis of everything you said there. We are in control and can either choose to rise above or to fall, to exploit or be exploited, to enslave or be enslaved. To look back on all our choices, good or bad and end it all in joy or sadness.

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    1. That’s definitely an intruiging perspective, and beautifully articulated! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and offer a new viewpoint! ❤

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  27. This one is ♥♥♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you so much, Akanksha! ❤️

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  28. Golden Bird says:

    Amazing👌👌👌

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  29. Warden of the World says:

    I enjoyed how you opened with a bit of a grand philosophical treatise, applied it in the middle section to personal/mundane life, and closed on a societal note. I’d sort of like to know a bit more, in technical terms, about the philosophy that went into writing this piece – it seems to takes a rather cynical stance toward modern life in the developed world. Please correct me if I’m off base about any of this. I’m just rather sensitive to ideology in art, in others’ work and in my own.

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    1. Haha I guess it does sound rather depressing, now that I go back and read it.
      Well, the piece started as just a flicker of a thought: what actually spurs all of us to act? What’s the one thing we all strive for, throughout our lives?
      The usual answer would be happiness, or security.
      But when I asked myself this, I found that ‘power’ was a much more appropriate response.

      Especially today, with the rampaging #metoo movement, the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, there’s been so much talk about ‘power’ as a whole and how it affects our lives. And I think, partly, this piece was inspired by this.
      Of course, the male-female dynamic, and its relation with power is a lot more direct. But digging a bit deeper, I feel like semblances of the same dynamic is all around us, in all our relationships, with parents, partners, ourselves.

      Between parents and their children, the very need to have children: it sometimes feels like all you want is a barbie-doll to dress up and play with: you control every single thing they do, and what they will do for the rest of their lives, what they’re thinking now, and how they’ll think until the day they die.
      It must be heady to experience that: a state of total and complete dependency.

      Even personally, I can’t deal with any lack of control unless its on my own terms. I can’t deal with losing control over my day, so I set up routines, habits. I can’t deal with losing control over myself, my body, eating well, keeping ‘in shape’, its all related. If I decide to let loose for a while, it has to be because I gave myself permission to do it, not because I couldn’t control what I was doing. It’s what I tell myself. Small difference, but mentally, it means a lot to me.
      Even people who seem very laid-back, easy-going, I feel like the power gets to them too. The very action of ‘not caring’, it’s powerful. To say ‘I don’t care’, there’s that rush you get, it seems silly, but there’s this freedom in just saying the words. I don’t care. Freedom and power are two sides of the same coin. You can’t have freedom unless you have power.

      Directly or indirectly, though it’s certainly a bold statement to make, every single thing we want today is linked with power, whether we know it or not.

      Thoughts?

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    2. Warden of the World says:

      The idea that the desire for power animates human action is an interesting one, and certainly one that has been examined by many philosophers. Personally, though, I disagree with the notion that power is any person’s primary ambition. It can often be a ruthlessly cynical and simplistic way of looking at society. (Not that I’m calling your thought processes cynical or simplistic – I’m more thinking of Karl Marx and the nastier of his ideological progeny.)
      I don’t think many people, when asked, would say that their greatest desire is power – much less, power over others, except maybe for control over one’s friends or foes. However, I think maintaining power over one’s own actions (self-ownership, in philosophically libertarian terms), as you described in your own life, is absolutely critical. When we have power over ourselves, we can pursue our desires (for power or otherwise), act on our morals, and so on.

      Insofar as children and parents are concerned: Yes, parents have almost limitless power over their underage children, but it seems to me that most parents accept an unspoken, platonic ideal: The child is worthwhile in and of himself/herself. For the parent, it’s not so much about the joy of having power over a developing human being, it’s the joy of contributing to the circle of life, of providing for someone who can’t immediately return any sort of material benefit to you. But I’ll be honest: I don’t have children, nor have I ever participated in a romantic relationship. However, I have been a child; and my perspective is a synthesis of my experiences with my parents, as well as some amateur philosophy. Also, forgive me if I have misinterpreted anything that you said. From my perspective, I’ve made your view of child-rearing sound a bit more insidious than I think it was meant to.

      And I agree with your point that there is power, though perhaps not material power, in saying “I don’t care.” The ability to say eliminate others’ control over you through apathy comes with a great deal of interpersonal might. By saying, “I don’t care,” you force the object of your lack of care to scramble to justify his/her appeal for your attention – and that is quite powerful indeed.

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  30. Rad Gamer says:

    Congratulations
    I have nominated you for “The Blogger Recognition Award”.
    For more info, please check out my post — https://daradgamer.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/the-blogger-recognition-award-2/

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    1. Thank you so much for the nomination! It really means a lot to me that you think I deserve it. However, as I’m trying to keep the site award-free, I’m afraid I won’t be able to put up a post to accept it. Thank you so much for the gesture though.
      And congratulations on your nomination! You deserve it ❤

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    2. Rad Gamer says:

      No Problem, I totally understand your situation
      Thanks a lot 😊😊

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  31. N.L. Ramirez says:

    I enjoyed this. Absolutely amazing.

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

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  32. I like your writing style. Kind of surrealistic, and gives me this dreamy vibe.

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    1. Glad you thought so! Thank you so much! ❤

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  33. Thanks for the follow, Natalie! I really enjoyed this piece. Intense and gripping!

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

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤

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  34. That was one huge rollercoaster ride! The climb and in the end the whoosh back to the starting point. It feels like the game of life is really trying, I hope I play mine well enough to rise up too! P.S I’m still at the climb. Hope you have a nice day!

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    1. Haha well good luck then! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here! ❤

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  35. Thank you so much! ❤

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  36. Rushi says:

    Wow, this is a piece, excellent Natalie

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

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    2. Rushi says:

      Always enjoy your poetic themes, I was wondering if I could link this post in my most recent blog post as a reaction on the topic

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    3. Sure! I’d love to see it, Rushi! ❤

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  37. Susi Bocks says:

    Wow, you held me from the first line to the last! So much to relish and ponder on. Thank you, Natalie!

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

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    2. Susi Bocks says:

      You are very welcome, so deserved! 🙂

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  38. Jina Bazzar says:

    This was seriously thought provoking.
    Great post!

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

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  39. Sara Garg says:

    Amazing

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    1. Thank you, Sara! ❤

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  40. Écrirature says:

    I’m here, it’s a start, now i have to follow trees, let’s go !

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  41. theresaly520 says:

    Your prose is very eye-opening and thought-provoking! Especially when I write about “yearning for more” in my About me page. 🙂 The line “Shrink yourself smaller until you no longer exist” reminds me of what my father tells me. How he “becomes” nothing. To me, he means everything, yet I wonder if it was related to selflessness.Anyway lots to ponder about, thank you!

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    1. Glad you thought so! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here! ❤

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  42. myspace says:

    Awesome…. “It was like going deaf, deaf to what you have, right before you”….so simple to read yet with a profound essence of life… Thanks Natalie….

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

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  43. Tom Burton says:

    This is such an emotive and thought-provoking read! 🙂 Very powerful descriptions and insightful commentary. Thank you for sharing it! Looking forward to more! ❤

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

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    2. Tom Burton says:

      Please may I have your permission to link back to your blog in my next post? It’s about how certain bloggers have inspired me to become a much better blogger/writer, and hopefully bring more like-minded people together. How does that sound?

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    3. Honestly, I’m honored you think I’m one of them… that’s such a great idea, sounds amazing! Can’t wait to see how it turns out! ❤

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  44. btmasmanga says:

    Interesting perspective – I’ve heard that one way to build a relationship is to ask help, which seems to me balancing the power relationship. Love your writing style. Thank you.

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  45. Mrs. B says:

    Wow! Your writing style is very unique and awesome. I love how your words paint a picture with the emotions they invoke. I’ve never read anything like it!
    Have a great day,
    -Mrs. B

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    1. Glad you liked it! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! It really means a lot ❤

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  46. librepaley8 says:

    Very evocative and thought-provoking piece, thank you.

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

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  47. poet says:

    i took issue with your statement that science wanted to control when it really seeks to understand and from that understanding comes new human abilities in the sciences .. i thought it was a lovely piece that i only found one thing i disagreed with.

    it’s good … add it to your stack of writing you have left to do

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    1. That’s definitely another take on it…
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here! ❤

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  48. Anonymous says:

    Exceptional! Thanks for the powerful piece 💞

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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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  49. Nids says:

    Thank you for sharing. Exceptionally thoughtful. 🙂

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    1. Glad you liked it! ❤

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  50. Shirobanryu says:

    Hi. Power Full. Intense. Emotional. Felt. Fell, Caught. So Well.

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  51. Beautifully written and awash with truths; however, I also believe that the overriding impetus of all creation is the need to reproduce. If I squint at this fact, I can rationalize that it is also a form of power. As in “My genes are better than yours therefore I must be reproduced and given a thread into the future” Thank you for your thought provoking lovely writing. Jane

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    1. That’s definitely an interesting perspective, Jane…
      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. theresaly520 says:

      Hi Jane, your comment reminds me of Margaret Sanger’s beliefs on eugenics and race. Interesting!

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  52. Excellent work. Power is quite the destroyer. Well spoken. Loved this piece.

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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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    2. You’re very welcome. Say, is there a way to PM you? I was wanting to chat if you’re up for it?

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    3. Sure. You can contact me through my ‘Divulge your thoughts’ page. It’s right over here: https://themidnightember.wordpress.com/contact/

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  53. Excellent, thought provoking piece! Thank you for sharing.

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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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  54. What if we stopped controlling and just be, that would be a problem as well in my opinion, falling once again in the same rabbit hole is inevitable

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    1. Mmm but is it even possible to ‘just be’? I feel like we search for control unconciously, and even if that doesn’t manifest in evident actions, we’re always driven by it… what else would you live for, if not for stability?

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    2. You can always train and discipline your subconscious, you know, but it’s not of everyone, as it implies a generous amount of meditation to reach enlightenment, but the question is, are we here for that? i don’t think so.

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  55. Super piece. A lot to get one thinking on an early Sunday morning.

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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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    2. Your welcome. Look forward to following and reading more.

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  56. Benjificent says:

    Incredibly thought-provoking. Thank you for this.

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

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  57. Huub Koch says:

    Love it – and thats why I’ve subsribed long time ago.

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

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  58. How apt that a piece about struggle for power itself reads like a struggle for power, struggling to hammer a point home while also retaining peripheral aspects, if you will, linked to the epicenter. Powerful (haha) piece of work here.

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    1. Haha, I see what you did there.
      Glad you liked it. Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by and comment!
      Loving your blog, by that way. Good luck with OctPoWriMo! ❤

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    2. Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 I love yours as well!

      OctPoWriMo has been a very welcome challenge, especially after having abstained from writing for about three years now. Thanks for the wishes!

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    3. Mmm I feel the same about NaNoWriMo: sometimes, you just need a crazy challenge to add that spark to something that’s starting to go stale.
      You’re welcome! ❤

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  59. My Deaf Mind says:

    I am Deaf and I understand what you meant. Very awesomely penned!

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

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  60. Ananya Goswami says:

    So brightly written! Loved each and every word of this piece. Thank you, Natalie!!

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

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  61. Wow, I love this so much! Brilliantly written.

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

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  62. All this need for power, for control, is merely a response of how we’d, lacked it in our own personal lives, and so, we worked hard, to get it from outside, to establish ourselves, in the world…

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤

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  63. Pia Majumdar says:

    When we pretended we didn’t care, hurting, hurting so much, battered, broken, tired, oh-so-tired. That was about power too.- I adore this line ❤️❤️

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

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    2. Pia Majumdar says:

      Aww so seet of you Natalie 🙂 🙂 🙂

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