Bare

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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.


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  1. Pia Majumdar says:

    Your words weave such a beautiful imagery 😍🌻

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    1. Thank you so much, Pia! ❤

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  2. 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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  3. Liz says:

    A brilliant piece.

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    1. Thank you so much, Liz! ❤

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  4. 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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  5. Ilah says:

    This was so beautiful 🙂

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  6. Saneesh Sukumaran says:

    Beautifully written. 👌

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    1. Thank you, Saneesh! ❤

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  7. librepaley8 says:

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

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Glad you liked it! ❤

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Beautiful and evocative!

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  13. In awe of your word choice.🤩☺

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤

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  14. 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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  15. “. . . intimate chambers of your soul” – beautiful.

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Valenz says:

    Made me want to feel such vulnerability in that darkness

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. meremx says:

    You are exceptional ❤

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    1. Thank you so much ❤️

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  32. 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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  33. Wow! You paint a fantastical photo.

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

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  35. 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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  36. A.H. says:

    Amazing writing – very evocative!

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤

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  37. Golden Bird says:

    Beautiful words u used

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  38. 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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  39. 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! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

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

    I will be back!

    Liked by 2 people

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

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

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    1. Thank you, Jane! ❤

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  43. 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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