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You are like a long passed season.
As delicate as the footprints of sparrows in freshly fallen snow.
Intricate, yet so easily disturbed when care is not taken.
Somehow, you have managed to persist after all these years.
Residing in the same quiet place you carved into the woods so long ago..
Only a short ride from the sea.

When you cross my mind, you carry with you the scent of that shoreline.
Harsh and thick, yet somehow placating.  
Though the weather was perpetually gray, misty, and cold.
Much like your heart had become..
Just before we painfully, and slowly, parted ways.

I recall with deep longing your fascination with foxes.
With the way they would trot up and down the beach in the early morning,
Their coats most often wet and muddy from crossing into the tide.
I could see the subtle enthrallment in your eyes as they dug for clams.
They would thrust their forepaws deep into the muck, throw it backward..
And at times, to my assuagement, you would smile.

Now, it feels more distant than anything else I harbor within.  
The days in which I think of you grow  farther and farther apart..
And each time you return, you come as a wave, crashing harshly against a seawall.
A seawall that is damaged; weakened by time.
When you crawl back, you take pieces of rock with you.
Pieces you have no intention of returning.

At times the trees, bare and cold against the slate sky of Winter,
Remind me of the veins in your arms.
Spiny and sprawling, both raw and elegant.
Neither blue nor green; trapped beneath pale, translucent skin.
Skin I felt could not have possibly lived through the things it had.
Could not have possibly traveled so many miles.
Weathered so many storms.
Endured so much agony..

Your eyes were endless and earnest.
Vivid despite the decay you embedded yourself within.
A work of art, hung carelessly in an abandoned building..
You were entirely alone, unappreciated, unseen.
Forever hidden inside yourself.
Forever trapped behind walls built from pain.  
Hollow Memory of a Distant Shore - Taylor Saville, 2013.

Thank you for reading .. :rose:
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DecidedlyTattered Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
We are captivated by what is dangerous to us - I'd go so far to say that we can end up lost in ourselves, adrift in the ocean of our own thoughts. This was the first time I feel like I've stood on the outside of that moment when I - or anyone - realizes that moment as it washes over us.

The language you use is at once both somber and celebrant - it reaches and out makes the reader feel as if they are walking alongside you and the object of the poem, an unseen ghost or phantom memory. More than that, I cannot say - for it as also personal, and perhaps that and the reflection of that significance is what render it so beautiful.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Writer
I'm sort of speechless from this comment! :blushes: :rose: I can't really tell you how encouraging it is to read something like this. Especially when you find yourself doubting your ability.. I appreciate it more than you know.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Writer
This was probably one of the best comments I've ever gotten, and I honestly can't thank you enough for it.. No one has ever described my writing like this before. I agree that broken things are often the most beautiful, and it seems like this could branch out into so much more because in my mind it does. This is a tiny expression of a much larger story - one that centers around a person that is indeed very broken, but also crushingly beautiful.
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Veyrius Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
:blush: ehehe! Just saying :D Besides, what I comment is based on what I've been given :meow: Well.. whatever you decide to do, if you ever decide to make branches from this piece of yours, I'll be sure to keep an eye out for them! :love:
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cULToFoNE Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
been a while. would say i'm glad you're still writing so well, but would rather wish you well. heheh. best wishes.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! I'm glad to see you back around DA. I'm glad you think I'm still writing well! :hug: :D
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   Writer
:+fav: A marvelous piece, always using "seaworthy" words to make your point plain. Congrats on the DLD "Pick of the Day." Thank you.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Writer
That is so kind of you.. :heart: Thank you so much for leaving this comment.
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Your wonderful literary work has been chosen to be featured by =DailyLitDeviations and has been selected as our "Pick of the Day". It is featured in a news article here: [link] and on our main page.

Be sure to check out the other artists featured and show your support by :+fav:ing the News Article. Keep writing and keep creating.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Writer
:D :wow: Thank you!! :heart::heart:
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starnoyume Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
It's utterly beautiful! I love it.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you so, so much! :heart:
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Wow, it's amazing. It flows so well.... :D
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you very much! I really appreciate that.. :blushes:
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This is amazing. I love it
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
That means a lot to me. Truly. :heart:
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Your fantastic work has been featured in Friday Night Features.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you SO much!! :heart:
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Wow! I must say, I am amazed. The simple flow and vivid imagery makes for a piece that I can only call ''perfect''.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
You are so kind... Thank you so much for such a sweet compliment! :hug:
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Hanachi-Shitsukki Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, dear!
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Stunning.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! :rose: That means a lot to me.
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Danyasaur Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
"A work of art, hung carelessly in an abandoned building..
You were entirely alone, unappreciated, unseen."

Perhaps the greatest mental image any piece of writing has given me recently. Fantastic.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm so glad you feel that way, Danya! Thank you .. :rose::hug::rose:
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wordeea Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
TAG! you've been tweeted by the Fortress ! [link]

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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Wow! Thank you so much! I followed. :rose:
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wordeea Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
you're welcome. lovely piece. really :)
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wordeea Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
gorgeous !!
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you very much.. I really appreciate it. :rose:
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wordeea Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
most welcome :)
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MadxRhapsodyx17 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Writer
What a remarkable piece. My breath was taken away and it would not return until I was finished reading the last line. :heart:
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm amazed by this comment.. It really is very kind! :rose:
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MadxRhapsodyx17 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Writer
You deserve the kindness of my honest words. :)
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
:hug::heart:
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faded--moon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
This is beautiful.. I honestly can't think of words to do it justice...
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you so much... :heart::hug::heart:
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Ysabetwordsmith Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Vivid imagery turns the abstract into the concrete; well done.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! I'm so glad you found it enjoyable to read! :heart:
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ThornDennan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Your writing is beautiful. Wow just wow.
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FaintSketches Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Writer
That means a great deal to me.. Thank you! :heart:
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