Vitesse

A litany, a promise, a prayer.

Run.

I run so fast, I will tear out of this sordid flesh, out of gilded skin and ivory bone.

I see myself: I am hollow, a pit of red.

I am the colour of blood, the colour of rage. The colour of flesh, the colour of shame.

I can see it: I am shackled, by these strands of vein. They coil around me, tighter, tighter, I cannot breathe.

I see the cage, clearer than ever, this prison of flesh.

I see this promise, I hear its oath.

Run, it whispers. If you run fast enough, you’ll break free.

And so, I do.


I run on fear, I run on fire.

I run for pain, the excruciating burn of desire. I burn for the exquisite absence of thought.

I run so fast, I leave behind my self, I will rust away until there is nothing left of me. Out of breath, out of life.

I want to lose myself, in the purest sense of the phrase, I want to forget, to be misplaced. I want to leave behind this life.

Bone to dust; blood can rust.

I run to death.


I see the cage, clearer than ever, this prison of red.

I hear these voices, I trust in their message.

Run, they whisper. If you run fast enough, you’ll break free.

I know I can.

I know I can.


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170 Comments Add yours

  1. You’re an outstanding writer

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    1. Most welcome dear
      I’m biggest fan of your writings
      Writing like you is still a dream for me
      Queen of dark poems
      I want to learn so much from you

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    2. Thank you so much. This just made my day🖤

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  2. Louis Atilano says:

    Beautiful

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    1. Thank you, Louis.

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  3. Very intense, very nice, but very sad as well. Feels like you’re trying to outrun your shadow. Kind of impossible, maybe death is the only answer. Not sure if I understand it right, just thoughts. 🙂

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    1. I don’t believe there is any ‘right’ explanation to it. Words are just dust; it’s what you feel and what you know that matters.

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  4. The very first line got me. ❤❤❤❤

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. minenerddiaries says:

    Fills me with positivity☺️

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    1. minenerddiaries says:

      Most Welcome 🙂

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  6. Don’t know how long you are writing, but brilliant💃

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  7. soanuthatch says:

    Wow! I’m enjoying your work very much. To be redundant, you have such a powerful voice. I can feel the desperation to break free. The hope that you can if only… it’s very nice!!!

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad it resonated.

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  8. kingdom says:

    This is really beautiful. You’re very good with words.
    This feels reminiscent of a bad panic attack I had last year. I remember feeling very stuck in my own head and body, and wanting so badly to be anywhere but in myself.
    Like I was in the middle of a storm, and there was absolutely no escape. I was just hopelessly pushing against my own thoughts.

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    1. That’s dreadful. I hope this piece could offer some consolation through empathy, if any.

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    2. kingdom says:

      It was dreadful, but I’m definitely doing better now.
      I find this piece oddly strengthening? I felt more powerful, despite feeling choked.
      So thank you. I did find solace, in a way. :3

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  9. Such beautiful layout and eloquence!

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  10. pranabaxom says:

    Brilliant. Such strong emotions.

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    1. pranabaxom says:

      I really mean it. I also do feel pain running through the verses.

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    2. That truly means a lot. I’m glad it resonated ❤

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  11. mabelfrancis says:

    Your writing is so intense! Brilliant!

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  12. lawrenceez says:

    Very powerful writing.

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  13. Does this style have any name? there must be similar styles do mention

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    1. I would say it’s a version of the prose-poem, which has been around for quite while…

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    2. I can’t find the vertical line before verses that you use. I intend to try more of such stuff. When I see new things like these I am like a kid seeing candy.

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    3. Haha are you talking about the divider? Or did I misunderstand you?

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  14. Successfully linked to your blog.

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  15. Inspired by your style of mixing prosaic poem with actual poem had me make a blog post of my own in your style. I’ve mentioned you my post. Don’t know how to link to your post or would have done that. Please visit that post of mine again. Here

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    1. I’ll definitely check it out. And I’m honored my work was an inspiration to you.

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  16. I hear the emotions screaming out to find a path, but yet, so subtly. Very well written.

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    1. Thank you. That means a lot ❤

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  17. Intense and – I believe – in the end, uplifting! Love the struggle in the images put to words, Shreya! 🙂

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    1. ps – glad I found ur Twitter page, have followed 🙂

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    2. Thank you so much, Felipe. That means a lot ❤️

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  18. Chels says:

    This is so beautiful

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  19. icarepo says:

    Truely I run for pain.. just kept me crying it’s a nice one dear can I repost?

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    1. I’m glad it resonated. Thank you. And of course; I would be honored. ❤

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad it resonated.

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  20. Lora Tia says:

    Can we really though? I can’t seem to break free regardless of how fast I run…

    This was so powerful to read, thought provoking too. Now I’m left wondering🤔.

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    1. I’m glad it resonated with you, Lora. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. ❤

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  21. The Warden says:

    Hello, Shreya! I’ve got to confess, when you first began dropped the Natalie Swift alias, I wasn’t sure if “Natalie” had invited someone else onto her platform – not due to any change in the material or its quality, but due to the abrupt name change. I guess I should’ve been paying better attention.

    Anyway, this piece isn’t so “beautiful” as some of your others, but it is certainly visceral, and I’ve often identified with the sentiment of wanting to cast away flesh itself, with its shortcomings and eccentricities. (Usually this happens when I’m disappointed in myself, listening to black metal, or both) And you captured that idea nicely here. “I burn for the exquisite absence of thought” is an interesting line, and I like that you used a physical verb – burn – and not a mental verb, like “I long for the exquisite absence…” Once again, good luck with your work!

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    1. Ahh I should have expected that. No problem at all. I didn’t feel like putting up an entire post about it, so abrupt it was. It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? How’s 2019 treating you?
      I’m afraid you’ve caught me at somewhat of a raw moment right now. Though I’m always captivated by how beautiful language can be, it’s somewhat of a relief to cut it down to the bones once in a while.
      Thank you for your feedback. Good luck to you as well! ❤

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  22. Hi I just want to say how much I really enjoyed your work. I can’t help but feel a deep pain in the things you write about and I’m wondering, are you writing about forced marriage? It’s just you use phrases like I am the colour of blood, of rage and then you mention shame. The desire to be free is so strong in your work and somehow I really connect with a heartfelt pain. I do love your work please keep writing. Julie

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    1. That’s such a unique take on it; I would have never thought of it. I like to leave the interpretaions to my readers; so I suppose it’s whatever you see it as. Thank you so much, Julie. That truly means a lot ❤

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    2. You’re very welcome I love your work it’s really unusual and creative. Please keep posting best wishes Julie

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  23. Boone Bane says:

    ! Moved me. And I learned a new word, vitesse, thank you.

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

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  24. Shibani says:

    You write amazingly Shreya! Extremely inspiring!

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    1. Thank you, Shibani ❤

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  25. Powerful. Wonderfully written. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Josephine. I’m glad you liked it.

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  26. Jatayu says:

    Although I didn’t get it, I still loved it. Also I really liked your tagline.

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  27. Tim Ryan says:

    Magical, Shreya. I really loved it. Both as a long time runner and aspiring writer.

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    1. Thank you, Tim. That means a lot.

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    1. Writing from the depth and passion of your soul. Reading your work is such a gift!

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    2. Thank you so much. That means a lot ❤

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  28. vii.vin says:

    I used to run for a moment in my life. I had to rediscover the person I loved (myself). Once I did, I saw my flesh, my bones, and even the people around me as my tools that I grew to respectively understand and love as more than my tools. They became my muse.

    You write so fun and beautifully. Don’t run. I’m inspired at least.

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    1. I’m so glad this piece resonated with you, Vincent. Thank you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts here.

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  29. East says:

    when your body’s a prison, your eyes are a window

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    1. I love that. Thank you for taking the time to read and share this here.

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  30. Kurt Frazier Sr. says:

    Very well written, thanks for the follow.

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  31. shravmusings says:

    Such a strong emotions and equally strong are the words..got me into pensive mood

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed reading. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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  32. Saring says:

    this is phenomenal writing! awesome! one could feel it! loved it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Saring. I’m glad you enjoyed it ❤

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  33. Seren Wild says:

    Absolutely amazing writing!! You are incredibly gifted. Thanks for the follow!

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    1. Thank you, Seren. That means a lot.

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    2. Seren Wild says:

      You are welcome! 🙂

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  34. KT says:

    Phenomenal words. Strong. Powerful. Those same words are inside everyone,
    and they just need to listen.

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    1. Thank you. And I’m in love with your writing… I’ve never read anything so powerful ❤

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  35. This is the exact reason why I run – to be freed. To escape myself. Such an exquisite piece ❤️

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

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  36. Wow. Nice. Enjoyed the poetic prose. Though it sounds rushed due to the content, yet it makes me feel calm, as if running to something better than life itself.. 🙂

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  37. I really can’t choose one of ur writings that I like the best, in my view they’re all really, REALLY good.
    U write with passion ur readers can actually FEEL and u do it with such few words. It’s really beautiful.
    Anyways, I’m sorry I can’t comment on all of ur work, but believe me when I tell u I read most if not all of ur posting, I not only felt but I enjoyed every single word.
    Thank u for sharing ur heart and soul. 💕

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    1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my work. Thank you for taking the time to read and leave such a lovely comment. It means a lot.

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    2. Ur very welcome Shreya, the pleasure was definitely mine. 💕

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  38. Swatt Art says:

    Great really enjoyed that

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  39. MooN says:

    Incredible imagery! Loved it! 🙂

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  40. Lucia says:

    Incredible writing, amazing

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    1. Thank you, Lucia. ❤

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  41. Susi Bocks says:

    This is some powerful writing, Shreya! Just wow. I want to run now.

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    1. Haha, thank you so much, Susi. I’m glad you enjoyed it. ❤

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  42. I feel this in such a painfully beautiful way. It ignites a flame in me, one I wish I could take control of.

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    1. I’m so glad it resonated with you, Stephanie. Thank you for taking the time to read and leave such a beautiful comment.

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  43. Arlet says:

    Beautifully written!

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  44. Lalitha says:

    This reads like my meditation journey. The Journey towards achieving that pure quiet of the mind so I could see my real Self nestled deep inside. Lovely work Shreya. Very different from the rest.

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    1. That’s such a unique perspective; I love how you’ve chosen to see it in a positive light. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment, Lalitha. I’m so glad you liked it ❤

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  45. Such an amazing image you made with your words!

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad you liked it. ❤️

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  46. Roses says:

    I loves thank you

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    1. I’m glad you liked it. ❤️

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    1. Thank you, Manahil.

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  47. Alyson Budde says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart. It is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Alyson.

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  48. Pia Majumdar says:

    So emotional yet ethereal, loved the lines ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you, Pia. That means a lot ❤

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    2. Pia Majumdar says:

      welcome dr 🙂 ❤ ❤

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  49. Splendid taste for words

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad you liked it.

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  50. So incredibly powerful…touches the soul

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

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  51. a powerful imagery. Thanks.

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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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  52. Mags says:

    Beautifully written 🙂

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  53. This is how you get it out- all that pain- so talented you are. One day there will be no cage and no more running. One day freedom from fear. But in the meantime you’re on a path that is developing such talent in you. Blessings

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah. This comment made my day ❤

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  54. Promila Chitkara says:

    Loved it!

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    1. Thank you, Promila.

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  55. leelah saachi says:

    Hoo, what a fire. All those reds- I was astonished at red for shame- My shame is murky greyredgreen 🙂

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    1. I wonder is that says anything: how we choose to picture our emotions; what visual we associate them with.

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  56. Really enjoyed reading this!

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  57. chris2041 says:

    Very evocative poem, I feel your desire to break free!
    Ego attachment to our thoughts and body leads to suffering, I think we all long to break free of this.

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    1. I’m glad it resonated, Chris. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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    2. chris2041 says:

      I’ve just reread you poem, you have a very interesting and unusual style, I just realised how your sentiment is very similar to a Buddhist meditation on the body, they contemplate each aspect of the physical body to strip it of any beauty, its reduced to mere flesh. This is intended to prevent any attachment to the body so that when it starts to age, or gets injured etc. the degree of suffering Is lessened.

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    3. That’s such an intriguing perspective, Chris. Thank you for taking the time to read and share this here ❤

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  58. Tom Burton says:

    Incredibly powerful read. Really vivid imagery. Keep writing! 😀

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

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  59. Nirant Gurav says:

    Beautiful piece mate ✔️ 💯❤️

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    1. Thank you, Nirant.

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    2. Nirant Gurav says:

      Pleasure always for ur words mate 😊

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  60. librepaley says:

    Very powerful, the images simply stir the senses.

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    1. Thank you. That means a lot.

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  61. we all try to break free from the restraints of our human form, but, without our bodies, we couldn’t exist anywhere else, unless, we find a way, for our souls to keep going on after ourbodies stopped working. A very thought-provoking piece.

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad you liked it.

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  62. lostperci says:

    So powerful Shreya. Really good writing.

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    1. Thank you. That means a lot.

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  63. Abhijit Ray says:

    A nice poem. Reads well.

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  64. Hey Shreya, you’re amazing with the words & emotions too. Can see the pain. Hope we could go for a duo.
    https://theintrovertspirit.home.blog

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    1. Thank you. That means a lot.

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    2. Welcome. Hope you go through my write ups.

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