Bare

Night falls and the stars rise.

The warm dusk fades into dark, a single seamless brushstroke. The air is chilly and crisp now, just a hint of soft caramel wafting through.

In my mind, you are standing in the centre of the chaos, though perhaps that is only a reconstruction.

The night seems to fade out from you, as though you’ve leeched the colours of this world and captured it within your soul.

 If this world were a kaleidoscope, you would be the momentary confluence of the reflections, the point at which everything ends and begins. 

When my eyes catch on you, this muddled life settles into place, like a lens coming into focus, pieces of a puzzle that finally click. 

You are the apex of my sphere, the cornerstone of my being. Underneath your gaze, I am grounded, yet flying; shackled, yet free.

You are the echo of a tune that I have never heard, and it both bewilders and enchants me. You are the fleeting recollection of my dreams: fading, fading, as I scramble to imprint it into memory.  

You are the only thing I crave, the sole want of my life.

So take my hand, and I promise you art. You will be the canvas of my prose. I’ll dip my pen into the ink of your eyes, and engrave myself onto your heart. 

Let me take your breath away with the heat of my passion. I want to taste that infinite second between life and death before I breathe air back into you.

Let me plant a smatter of kisses within the most intimate chambers of your soul. I’ll watch them bruise and bloom with the flush of desire. 

Let me stop your heartbeat with a flick of my hand and hold- waiting a moment too long- before blood whooshes back into your aching veins.

Let me squeeze my fingers around your throat, and gaze into your eyes as their lustre fades. The light that you once clasped would leak out from you, and gush into me. 

I’ll press a single finger to the kaleidoscope of your world and watch the delicate glass crack, a spiderweb of a fissure making its way across your life.

I’ll watch your world slowly crumble, tremors advancing inwards, until there is nothing left. But you. 

You are clasped in the palm of my hand; I am the only air you can breathe, the only stimulus for your heartbeat. 

I am the only light in your eyes, the only voice that will soothe your cries. 

My blood mingling with yours, we are one flesh, one world. Mi casa es tu casa. And what is yours is mine also. 

You are stripped away, of everything that once shielded you.

No light.

No colour.

Only You.

Bare.


Photo by Jilbert Ebrahimi on Unsplash

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182 Comments Add yours

  1. Sensual, sublime and supreme thoughts and words. I want Indians to look at a blog post of mine about Doordarshan days. I’ve written a post on changing times. Check it out Here

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  2. A.C. says:

    I love to see, and feel your words. Awesome!

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  3. Exquisite piece of writing. In fact all your posts are filled with immense intensity and vivid imagination. I also like the format of blending prose with poetry which is something unique. Your work stands out in every aspect. Creativity at its best.

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    1. Thank you so much, Raza. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my work. This truly means a lot ❤

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    1. Modern day Romeo and Juliette. Good.

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  4. The Wizard says:

    Did you take this pictures?
    They are beautiful

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    1. I’m afraid not: my artistic talents extend only upto the written kind… all the photos are from Unsplash and I’ve linked to the photographers below each piece.

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    2. The Wizard says:

      Ohh! By the way both the writing and pics are beautiful

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  5. reftbp says:

    Reblogged this on Nuggets and commented:
    Picture walking in a desolate place, suddenly you see something sparkling so radiantly that you run to it, and you discover it’s a gold nugget, from this moment you know you’ve discovered real treasure. That’s exactly what happened to me upon reading this writing.

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    1. That means so much to me, more than I could ever express. Thank you.

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  6. Pixie Wayne says:

    Goosebumps!!! You are so talented!!!

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    1. Thank you, Pixie. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Thank you, Shannon.

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  7. It’s been a while since my inactive state. I have a question for you whom I might considered a veteran blogger. Do you have any tip on how to get more comments or feedbacks on a blog website instead of getting more Likes?

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    1. Unlike views and likes, I think feedback is the only factor that is directly influenced by your writing. People will comment if they are inspired or touched by what you’ve said. That’s really all there is to it. On the other hand, you can make it easier for readers to read your post by using shorter paragraphs, readable writing, etc.

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    2. Thanks you for the tips!

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  8. Mr Nothing says:

    Totally incredible!
    Poetry leading the words along the precipice of beauty and divinity, plummeting at the edge of reality into attrition.
    Thanks of course too for reading ‘talking lines’ at my https://nothingcluelesslost.com

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    1. It was my pleasure. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave such a beautiful comment. It means a lot ❤

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  9. The development of the theme, via imagery here – from lushly evocative (I thought of the Song of Songs) to the darkening of that love to a murderous obsession – made this poem a stand out for me. It follows the logic of an all-encompassing love to arrive at its dark&troubling heart. Such love is always about possession and about the self’s right to love, advanced here as the speaker’s ability to speak of love with such arresting imagery, depth, and passion. The love seems true and beautiful – until it isn’t – until the speaker has her hands around the throat of her beloved. Like Cathy in Kate Bush’s song based on the novel Wuthering Heights. She wants to grab her beloved’s soul away. Nice. Very nice.

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    1. Strangely fulfilling, almost chilling, to hear your thoughts being spoken by someone else. Like an odd sense of deja-vu, almost. I could have sworn that this was the exact thought that ran through my head when I wrote the piece.

      Moments like these are what make all those hours of tearing your hair out over that one sentence that just won’t come out worth it. Thank you.

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  10. You have such a way with words I find comfort in you work! ❤️🙏🏾

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

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  11. Jerry Peri says:

    I’m breathless! Powerful words…!!!

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    1. So glad you liked it! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!<3

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  12. Beautiful! I can relate it to so many people, even my faith! Thank you!

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    1. Glad you liked it! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment!<3

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    2. It would be hard not to comment!

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  13. Daniel Kemp says:

    Loved it 🙂

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    1. Thank you! ❤️

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  14. JK says:

    Your words take me to a different place. I am a simple man and to me, this is Luxury. WOW!

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

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  15. Thoughts Ville says:

    What a piece❤! Beautifully written.

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

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  16. mywritings21 says:

    Wonderful piece of creation!❤️

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    1. Thank you. That means a lot. Hope you have an incredible 2019! ❤

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    2. A. Nonymous says:

      Likewise! May your ember grow brightly within the night silent.

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    3. Absolutely loved it. SImple, but poignant. Looking forward to reading more from you! ❤

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  17. Stirring and achingly beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much, Madhuri! Hope you have an amazing 2019! ❤

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    2. Thanks and hope you a beautiful 2019 too Natalie. Love your work. Keep writing. ❤️

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  18. Anand Bose says:

    The metaphors used are so unique, so enchanting. Anand Bose from Kerala

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    1. Thank you so much, Anand! Glad you liked it. Hope you have an amazing 2019! ❤

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  19. OMGosh, that was beautiful! You are such a talented writer!

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    1. Thank you so much, Priscilla! That means a lot. And hope you have an amazing 2019! ❤

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  20. lynyo says:

    The powerful images gambling on some sort of chaos!! Thanks for sharing

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

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  21. Talia Weeks says:

    Wow I love this!!! ❤️

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  22. Inspired by music says:

    Fuck you John!

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  23. Wow! Intensely passionate. Lovely and spine-tingling!

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    1. Pleasure is mine dear..Do check my blogs and share love ❤

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  24. Edd Heathman says:

    God, this is so beautiful!

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  25. Piyali says:

    Beautiful imagery! Loved the descriptive writing.

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  26. You hv written all your post excellent is the only word. All post close to the heart and mind and lv impact on soul.

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  27. Ashwini.B says:

    The description you weave is amazing!!⚘

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    1. Thank you, Ashwini! ❤️

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  28. Interesting. No masks or disguises. Just bare.

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  29. Triple-S says:

    Beautiful imagination

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  30. But is there an Alex to a sphere? Love the concepts and pics in my mind as I read.

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    1. Thank you! Glad you liked it! ❤

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  31. tjtoffolo says:

    Just WOW! 🌸

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  32. This line here “You are the apex of my sphere, the cornerstone of my being. Underneath your gaze, I am grounded, yet flying; shackled, yet free.” 🔥 ❤ what a beautiful write up!

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

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  33. I’m calling this piece a poem. I love it!

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    1. Thank you, Jane! ❤

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  34. Argus says:

    I love that photo~!

    You might try (if not already familiar with) Fitzgerald’s translations of Khayyam’s “Rubaiyat” …

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  35. Wow! This is an Impressive, passionate and Beautiful piece!

    I will be back!

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    1. I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you so much! ❤

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  36. gpavants says:

    Hello Natalie,

    I can’t find words for this. Life can be stripped down before it is renewed. People and elements blur into this piece.

    Thanks,

    Gary

    On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 12:29 AM The Midnight Ember wrote:

    > Natalie Swift posted: ” Night falls and the stars rise. The warm dusk > fades into dark, a single seamless brushstroke. The air is chilly and crisp > now, just a hint of soft caramel wafting through. In my mind, you are > standing in the centre of the chaos, though perhaps tha” >

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    1. Hey Gary,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this piece! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! ❤

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  37. That’s lovely. So passionate. Would make remarkable song lyrics, if anyone actually wrote songs that weren’t just porno put to a dance beat anymore.

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

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  38. Golden Bird says:

    Beautiful words u used

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  39. A.H. says:

    Amazing writing – very evocative!

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤

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  40. It’s amazing how your writing in this post sounds like an actual song.

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    1. Haha, thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it! ❤

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    2. It’s nice to hear a reply from my blogger peer. I rarely get a comment or a few on my blog.

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  41. The writing is like a pop song similar to “One Thousand Years, I’m Waiting for You.”

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  42. Wow! You paint a fantastical photo.

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  43. This piece is absolutely stunning. Look forward to reading more of your work 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you around ❤

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  44. meremx says:

    You are exceptional ❤

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    1. Thank you so much ❤️

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  45. abysspost says:

    Wow. If anyone wrote such a piece just for me I think I would be in love…so beautiful!

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

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  46. thewisevixen says:

    Absolutely inspirational. It’s been a great deal of time since I’ve found an author whose prose can speak to me on such an intimate level. I look forward to more!

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    1. Thank you so much. I’m so glad you liked it! ❤️

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  47. McKenzi Sidor says:

    You paint such beautiful images here. I could relate to every single word.

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

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  48. rumrumwrites says:

    Every word, every single sentence and phrase has left a mark. You are a brilliant writer. It is a very raw and a very superbly written piece. You are so good. Its such a descriptive writing. Every line leaves an impact. You cant stop reading it!

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    1. Thank you so, so much. I’m so glad you felt that way. Looking forward to seeing you around! ❤

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  49. W O W ! Absolutely the best literary composition I’ve read for several decades.

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

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  50. tbirdsoaring says:

    Wow! I love this. You my Universal friend are All that is Beautiful of eXXXistence. P.E.A.C.E.

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  51. Valenz says:

    Made me want to feel such vulnerability in that darkness

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  52. Valenz says:

    This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read. Those passionate words squeezed my heart ❤️

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

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  53. Aarohi says:

    This was such a powerful and moving piece. I have no words. It was brilliant.

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

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  54. Lavanya says:

    It really made me feel all warm and fuzzy for some reason. Amazing poem though.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Lavanya! Thank you so much ❤

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  55. Magic says:

    Ironically, I can’t seem to find the words to describe how beautifully descriptive your words are. This is sheer poetry. I love it.

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

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  56. Wow. That’s literally all I can say, wow! Awe inspiring and powerful words. I love the twist in the middle that slowly changes the whole tone to be more dark and somber.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Juliet! Thank you so much! ❤️

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  57. This left me in awe. As I read, I could see emotion put into every word.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it. ❤️

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  58. Silent Hour says:

    I loved the passion in this one!

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    1. Silent Hour says:

      You are welcome! It was brautiful!

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  59. The only thing I can think is ‘well that escalated fast’ and I loved every second! Great job!

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    1. Haha thank you so much! ❤️

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  60. “. . . intimate chambers of your soul” – beautiful.

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  61. Very deep and moving poetry Natalie. I have a good friend who writes like this, reminds me of her work. By the way thank you for following my blog. – Travis

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    1. Glad you liked it, Travis! It was my pleasure ❤

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  62. In awe of your word choice.🤩☺

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤

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  63. Beautiful and evocative!

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  64. Absolutely beautiful! Each word is a pen stroke of images unraveling before my eyes. A very masterful piece. I wish I had more words to convey to you how much I enjoyed it!! 💜 ~Kelsey

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelsey. You have no idea how much that means to me ❤

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  65. KEMwriting says:

    Such amazing word use and beautiful imagery. Loved reading it!

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

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  66. Such beautiful words and images. I felt like I was dreaming, but perhaps this is reality.

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    1. That’s such a beautiful way to put it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave such alovely comment. ❤

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  67. Tom Burton says:

    Fantastic imagery! ❤ The language flows beautifully & love the tenderness mixed with bittersweet longing throughout. Can't wait for more! 😀

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

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    2. Tom Burton says:

      If you like, I was thinking of linking to your blog in my new Solidarity Blogger Award so new readers could visit it. Would you like your blog to get mentioned so more people are made aware of it?

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    3. I’d love that, Tom, but I wouldn’t be able to put up a post to ‘officially’ accept it. If that’s alright with you, then I’d be honoured ❤️

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  68. librepaley8 says:

    So moving and sensual, filled with yearning and lovely images.

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    1. Glad you liked it! ❤

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  69. Saneesh Sukumaran says:

    Beautifully written. 👌

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    1. Thank you, Saneesh! ❤

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  70. Ilah says:

    This was so beautiful 🙂

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  71. jenanita01 says:

    Powerful piece, Natalie… I have emotional goosebumps!

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

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  72. Liz says:

    A brilliant piece.

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    1. Thank you so much, Liz! ❤

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  73. zeckrombryan says:

    Wow… your writing is remarkable, the descriptive part is really coming to life. Hope to see more from you. Have hope, write on! 😊😊😊

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

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    2. zeckrombryan says:

      You are welcome! ❤️❤️❤️

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  74. Pia Majumdar says:

    Your words weave such a beautiful imagery 😍🌻

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    1. Thank you so much, Pia! ❤

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