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Understand this: that love is a religion
of birds, of restlessness, of flight.
Of moving somewhere warmer when the cold sets in,
of longing, of leaving, of being
the one left behind, of feathers,
of an empty nest in the heart of winter,
nestled in some firm elbow of brittle branches
that stopped reaching for the sky when the last
leaf fell, bleak against a landscape of
blacks and whites and greys save for one
little piece of red string,
tucked lovingly among the twigs,
so dutifully gathered, piece by piece,
by a creature who had seen winters before,
but made a home for himself here anyway.

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full title: Of leaving pieces of ourselves behind to remember.

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I don't know if I achieved the image I was trying to achieve. I'll let this one sit and then revisit it.

I'm sorry, guys, for not posting more. :heart:

(first it was oceans, now it's birds.
oceans were so steady back when love was. birds
are so beautiful to look at, and so very hard to hold on to.)
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NotWithoutHonor Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. Very well done.
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012   Writer
thank you! :)
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ilyilaice Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
I love the imagery here.
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amber-rayin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
today this very nearly made me cry.
maybe its cos i know how im fucking up.
or maybe its simply what your work does to me.....so often....

<3
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010   Writer
I have tried to respond to this comment so many times. there's something about it; the "I know how I'm fucking up" part, that I understand so clearly that I wish I could tell you. except that it's like my ex-girlfriend is speaking through you, because even today she turned to me and cried and said she didn't know what to do about the things she's doing, and I feel like she knows how she's fucking up, too, and I wish I could tell you that whomever is on the other end of whatever's going on in your life... they love you, I promise you.

it took me so long to respond to this comment because I felt like I had to tell you that, somehow. that you are loved. whatever's happening, whatever's going on, whatever you feel that you're fucking up - just know that they love you, and they'll help you fix it.
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amber-rayin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
thank you so much for your response my dear.
and for taking the time to find the words to express what you felt from my comment.
it means a lot.

and you're right. i am more loved than i know.
and he is incredibly supportive of me.
i think i just realise my capacity for self destruction...
and know that no-one should have to deal with that.

but thankyou.... thankyou
and also for your work. it is... more than i have words for.
it is a precious thing you do here, to share it with us.
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jochanaan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
I'm not sure if I'm seeing the image you see in this--but it definitely makes me see something. :D :rose:
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Neon-Light-Cortege Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Student General Artist
you're amazing
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009   Writer
:heart: I try so very hard. thank you so much.
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Neon-Light-Cortege Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Student General Artist
youre very welcome...youre work is beautiful =]



*adores*[link]
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sundaymorninq Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
this is really beautiful. it leaves me with a feeling i can't describe (but in a good way). :heart:
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goo-goo-ga-joob Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009


i want to buy you a bird.:heart:
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shadowed-angel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
This piece really moves me but I can't put my finger on exactly which part effects me so.
beautiful work.
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colormehappy19 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely adore this.
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Y43 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
"of being the one left behind" :[
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009   Writer
sometimes, yes. and sometimes we do the leaving. we can be left behind in all sorts of ways, and we can leave others in all sorts of ways. we all share the pain, and the pain-bringing. they're both the worst. :heart:
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Y43 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Birds, at least, return with spring.
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009   Writer
love returns. maybe not the same person, but love itself returns.

as someone who has been left behind, I think what I'm trying to say is... even though I was alone in the coldest and the emptiest days, every now and again there was a memory, a reminder - even though he left in the end... he tried his best while he was still around. it was real while it lasted. and not only that, but he'd been in relationships that ended before, but that didn't stop him from trying again with me, and really trying at that. it should never stop us from trying again with someone new, and really putting ourselves into it - little red strings and all. even though we've seen winters, and we've been hurt, we have to keep building ourselves shelters of love.
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Y43 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
:] that's true. We'll all find an everlasting summer one day.
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chelx Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i want to tell you what this makes me feel. but my words are inadequate and just-not-enough today.
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009   Writer
that is enough. :heart:
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b1gfan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Student Writer
I understand - I do :)
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009   Writer
I'm so glad. :)
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Zekidear Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009   Writer
that was gorgeous. :+fav:
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009   Writer
:heart: thank you
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alapip Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
no, Stephanie, you don't write often,
but when you do, you make it valuable
and very worth noting how beautiful.

pip
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009   Writer
ahh, I always love your comments, Pip =)
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alapip Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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IllusionaryG Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
god, this is so beautiful.
:heart:
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009   Writer
I'm so glad you think so; it's so beautiful in my head, the scene I can see, but I didn't know if I did it justice.
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