You were in everything this morning.

You were in my coffee,

great swirls of cream

and sugar,

almost artistic –

a touch of Van Gogh

to go with breakfast.

You were on the sidewalk,

like chalk,

staining everything, and

when I saw the pictures

the children drew with you,

I cried until it hurt,

because you are too precious

to be smeared so carelessly

around like that.

You were hanging in the trees,

like shirts on a clothesline,

blowing in the wind

as it flung you everywhere,

not caring where you

landed, or if it hurt

whenΒ you did.

You need to stop giving

yourself up to the world

so much, my dear.

Now you’ve gone and spiraled

into everything,

and into



31 thoughts on “Artificiality

  1. I read this while in a coffe shop in London contemplating the girl in my life that got away. Your writing brought her back to me, brought back all my concerns and fears and memories and the love I had for her. “You need to stop giving yourself up to the world so much, my dear.” What a beautiful line. I read this over and over and over again. So beautiful. So honest and sincere. Absolutely wonderful. Brilliantly wonderful. Thank you for this.

    1. I am speechless. To know my words have drifted into a London coffee shop and touched a writer as gifted as you so deeply takes my breath away. That is an amazing thing. Poetry/novels often pick people, places, memories up and deliver them to me to hold and love once more. I am honored that I was able to do that for you. Thank you Jordan, from the bottom of my heart, for this wonderful comment.

      1. The pleasure is all mine, truly. I love receiving emails when you post new material. Such a bright spot in my day to read what you write. Keep up the incredibly gifted work!

  2. I agree with all of the comments Natalie – I look forward to your work every day. This one is right up there with your best. Have you tried to get any of your work published?

    1. To quote one of my favorite people ever (John Green), “Books belong to their readers”. Well, I think poems do too; so, in conclusion, this one is about everyone πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Alice!

  3. I have no words young blow my mind. its time you were noticed…we must all reblog you and share your work. incredible Natalie xxxxx

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