Helium Hearts – an ekphrasis

“Helium Hearts”- my artwork that the poem is based upon.

Perhaps it’s your gentle allure,
Or those eyes that draw me in,
But as I rise in yonder joy,
I burn in love and sin.

This love is lighter than the air,
Our souls call out in swoon,
If we no more on earth do meet,
We’ll both still have the moon.

For we are made of helium,
We’ll fly and dance and bleed,
It’s a heavy world we live in love,
I’ll follow, you take the lead.


122 Comments Add yours

  1. gdutta17 says:

    Wow! What a marvellous write! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much G! I’m so thrilled you like it. Peace.

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  2. HappySoul says:

    You are a seasoned poet Shanyu. Absolutely loved the creativity here. Beautiful words

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      That means so much friend. I’m so so grateful for your words. Thank you very much. Peace and greetings.

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  3. gabychops says:

    Another triumph, Shanyu, so beautiful, and with the moon in it. Thank you.

    Joanna

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Joanna. And yes, you have the moon! Now isn’t the moon beautiful?
      Thank you for stopping by.
      S

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  4. Shruba says:

    Beautiful sketch! Looks like we have an artist poet in our midst โ˜บโ˜บ๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Ah, thank you so very much Shrubs. I’m so glad you like it. You’ve guessed it right, I do love to sketch, write poetry, and eventually cook too!

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  5. Shanu, Exquisite poem. Lovers with helium hearts drifting toward the moon…What a concept! What poignant imagery! Indeed, it is a heavy world we live in. Art and poetry and other beautiful expressions lighten our existence.

    Your sketches are whimsical and joyful and lighter than air. Wonderful post! โค

    Have a great weekend! Cheryl ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Wow Cheryl. You’ve left me awestruck with this comment. All I can say is thank you. So so much.
      I’m so glad you like the sketch and the concept of helium love.
      Thank you. You’ve made me smile.
      Cheers.

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  6. Shanyu, sorry for the typo. โค

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  7. Splendid, splendid, my dearest friend. Love always finds a way. You inscribe your beautiful words on the skin of our souls. You make us feel. You and your love poems!
    You take the lead ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a beautiful weekend.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Dearest friend,
      Thank you so very much for this heart warming comment.
      Do I really? I don’t know, I found this sketch somewhere on the mobile and a poem was instantaneously formed. I’m so glad you like it.
      “You and your love poems” Who’s the mentor after all queen of serenades?
      Thank you and have a fantastic sunrise today. ( I’m assuming it hasn’t already)
      Btw, were you trying to get a link? I cannot seem to open it.
      Abrazos.
      S.

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      1. My pleasure Shanyu. I did not teach you anything. It’s your talent. Thank you for the fantastic sunrise. It was beautiful.
        “Take the lead” . Just google “take the lead tango Banderas ” See if you can get a link if you can’t open mine.
        Sending you plenty of love
        G.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        You must not have directly, but there’s so much to learn from everybody around us. I can certainly say I learnt a lot about love poems from you and I can say that for other genres in context to other poets too. After all, we are this big fat family in which every member has so much to give.
        I’ll check it out once I get done with comments. Thank you.
        S.

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  8. Beautiful art and poetry!

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. I’m so glad you like it. Have a fantastic day.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Good day to you too.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Cheers ๐Ÿฅ‚

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  9. What a wonderful metaphor you have chosen for being in love! Filled with helium is just how we feel..Lighter than air..capable of miracles, (even going to the moon if we have to:) That joy has to be lived to be described, and you do that so well, in this sweet romantic poem of weightlessness and love! Bravo!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Wow! You really have such kind words to say. I’m so grateful for these words and cannot thank you enough. It really is very encouraging. Thank you.
      Peace and greetings.

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  10. Oh this was so beautiful Shanyu as I float and feel the love that you so well described her with your romance and airy joyful romance. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธIf i could find the balloon i would have added.. lol

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Ah, such a wonderful comment you’ve left for me to find. Thank you so very much. I’m thrilled to know that my emotions could be felt.
      Btw, you are more than welcome to join. You’ll find the balloon on the dark side of moon today. Carving names onto the surface…

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      1. So glad to make your morning and bless you will deserving words that you deliver so well. Youโ€™re most welcome! Iโ€™ll meet you there-:)!
        Until then ๐ŸŒš ๐ŸŽˆ

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      2. Shanyu says:

        I cannot thank you enough for that. I’ll be waiting for you.๐ŸŒœ๐ŸŒœ

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  11. besondersite says:

    This is so beautiful Shanyu! Soft and lovely. I absolutely love the artwork ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much P! Thank you for stopping by. Peace.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. Cheers to that

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  12. Jorge Medico says:

    Can’t decide which I like more – the art or the poem? Together, they’re great!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      That in itself fulfills the purpose of my post. Thank you so very much. I’m so glad you like it. Have a wonderful week.

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  13. Navin says:

    I’ve no words to describe the beauty of this poem…the killer combination of poetry & the sketch…you’re the true artist om every way, Shanyu. โœจ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      This means so much to me. Certainly left me thrilled. Thank you so much for this comment. I am more than grateful for this response. Thank you.

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  14. Ramya Vivek says:

    You are a true artist. Words and the sketch together weave magic.

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. I’m so delighted to know you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Cheemnonso says:

    A wonderful poem depicting a lovely artwork. Magnificent ekphrasis, Shanyu!!

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. I’m so excited to know that it struck a chord. Thank you for stopping by. Peace and greetings.

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  16. A wonderful poem and a stunning art!!๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. Have a wonderful day.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. VB says:

    This is so heartbreakingly beautiful. I feel the soulful love
    โค๏ธ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. I’m so glad you like the piece.

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  18. Helium love sounds gorgeous. Lovers floating upwards, reuniting as they reach the moon. Wow! This is beautiful, Shanyu. I absolutely adore the sketch. A poet and an artist, you have many talents. โœจ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Rishika. I’m so excited to know you like this concept. It was new to me but I guess it’s going well. I cannot thank you enough for bringing me to smile today. Thank you.

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  19. vintageblack says:

    Such a stunning poem :))) Floaty, fiery yet eerily subtle at same time. Love it!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hi friend. Thank you for this heart warming comment. I’m so glad you like it. I’ve been getting this a lot, how subtle this poem is. I don’t know, when I wrote this, I found it incomplete, but maybe that is the subtlety. Thank you so much man.

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      1. vintageblack says:

        not a man ๐Ÿ˜‰ but happy you liked my comment! why do you think it is incomplete? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Oops. Apologies. Thank you friend( that better?)
        I don’t know. It feels like a love story gone too quick honestly. Although it goes well with how young love is: quick and volatile, maybe it’s the jump?
        I honestly cannot frame it, but as long as my readers can connect to it, I think it’s okay. Do you find it incomplete?

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      3. vintageblack says:

        Ah no worries, I am not in any way gender-biased :)) I didn’t take it badly, I promise, poetic friend ;-)!!!!

        I found the poem subtle and beautiful, lyrical…poetically awesome!!

        Yet…at the same time so hearbreakingly disheartening that such a pure and soulful love would only be allowed to survive in lunar soil… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

        Such a lunatic fate or decision if you ask me! Someone should definitely take the lead!

        So, maybe what the poem is missing is a last stanza explaining what happens when one of them takes the lead and they finally get to Helium dance to endless songs.

        Just an idea. It could also be a follow-up poem too ๐Ÿ™‚

        In any case, definitely connect to it…

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      4. Shanyu says:

        Wow, you really did get where I was going with this piece. Yes, beneath all these fancies of love, I wanted to portray that. Lovers, apart on Earth but they’ll always have the moon.
        Oh yes, that’s what it was missing maybe. What is the fate of these hopeless helium romantics.
        They maybe get up to the moon and carve their names on the dark side. Lie on lunar soil and make ash angels. Perhaps, even watch the earth rise and set. Two lovers United on the moon. I wonder what happens when one of them realises that they’re out of helium.
        But yeah, that would be sad, no?
        Thank you for the heads up. I just might write a follow up, though I wonder, aren’t most goods things incomplete? Isn’t it true not all lovers meet?
        God, this is a precarious stretch. However, a fun time talking to you.
        Cheers to my new poet friend( who also happens to love the moon)

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      5. vintageblack says:

        ๐Ÿ™‚ That made me laugh: I wonder what happens when one of them realises that theyโ€™re out of helium. – Brilliant!!! And yeah, that would be indeed sad….
        most good things are incomplete? mmmmm not necessarily. I hope. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers!!

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      6. Shanyu says:

        I hope…
        Cheers.

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  20. That was beautiful, you are a very talented writer! ๐Ÿ˜Š I love your artwork! ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Jasmine. I’m so excited to have you here. Peace and greetings.

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  21. A poet and an artist! I think Iโ€™m in love๐Ÿ˜ป You are very talented. Keep up the great works

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Now are you friend?๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

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      1. You do the same, and Iโ€™ll keep my eye out for the next one. Take care.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Oh yes, I’ll be waiting for you there. Take care too hon.

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      3. I will. Thanks! Can’t wait to see you.

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      4. Shanyu says:

        Same here friend. Let’s wait and see if our paths collide.

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      5. Shanyu says:

        Oh sure. I didn’t know you write poetry. Just heading over.

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      6. Shanyu says:

        And they are wonderful.

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  22. Yiena says:

    Soooo lovely dear~ as one comment said, i’m split btw the art and poem but i enjoyed both so much ~ ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™ˆ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Yiena. That means the world to me. Wow. Thank you dear.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Yiena says:

        My pleasure sweet heart~๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ

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      2. Shanyu says:

        โค๏ธ

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  23. Woody says:

    Damn you’ve got style, mate !

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  24. Woody says:

    Damn you’ve got style, mate !

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. I’m so glad you like it.
      Btw, I cannot seem to find your blog. Could you please help me with that?
      Cheers.

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      1. Woody says:

        Thanks for asking mate, Iโ€™ve never had a blog. There was a time of great interest in my writing, but my Conan-like short-stories were not rousing the interest of publishers as much as a story about a group of pre-pubescent Brits who went to wizard-school was.
        But I have taken up the pen again and learned to share thoughts with other โ€˜youngโ€™ writers to help polish all of our work.
        Respect, Shanyu.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        That is a wonderful genre you writer friend. I’m so sorry for your experiences. There’s so much talent out there and you surely have loads of it.
        Maybe the times yet to come, but when it will, you’ll be so grateful.
        Anyways you’re helping the writing community in the best way possible. Changing the world one word at a time.
        You comments motivate me to write and I cannot thank you enough for them.
        Please keep writing and spreading your light.
        Btw, I would love to read your stories. Are you willing to share them?
        Thank you friend.
        Always,
        S.

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  25. Joel Abakah says:

    Love this man! Such a brilliant write๐Ÿ”ฅ Love really does make us feel light. To get to the moon and defy the sky being our limit, that love can be that big and more. โค๐Ÿ’š

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much J! Yes, exactly, that love can be that big and so so much more. I’m so thrilled you like it.
      Have a fantastic day.

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      1. Joel Abakah says:

        Have a blessed day yourself ๐Ÿ’š

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Cheers ๐Ÿฅ‚

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  26. Gorgeous poem and drawings! Very nice ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. it’s such a wonderful thing to have you here today. Thank you.
      Peace and greetings.

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  27. Lia says:

    Oh my (again)!! This gets me high. Beautiful, beautiful poetry, Shanyu. Thanks, for brightening the feed with it. ๐ŸŽˆโฃ๏ธ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Yes!! Lia, how do I thank you for these wonderful words. Thank you so very much friend. It means the world to me. I was just at your blog. You’re doing wonderful. Read the fight of flight poem. Beautiful.

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      1. Lia says:

        Thanks a lot Shanyu. Hugs and same to you. :))

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. It’s such an honor to have you here. Thank you for stopping by. Cheers.

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      1. Laleh Chini says:

        My pleasure sweetheart.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Thank you dear. Cheers ๐Ÿฅ‚
        I was just by your blog the other day, and I love your anecdotal posts. I’ll surely leave a comment soon.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Laleh Chini says:

        Thatโ€™s very kind of you. Appreciate it.โค๏ธ

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  28. WoW! Awesome post ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much S! Have a wonderful day.

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  29. Sakshi says:

    Very beautifully penned!! And beautiful sketch!!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Sakshi. Have a wonderful day.

      Liked by 1 person

  30. This is so sweet! Its rhythm really does give a sense of swirling upwards in defiance of gravity.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much man. I’m so glad you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

  31. vidhi says:

    Its such a beautiful piece. I really loved it. From where did u get inspiration bruh!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Vi. I’m thrilled to know you like it. As for the inspiration, believe, there’s poetry in each and every little cranny of this cosmos. Can you hear it playing?

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      1. vidhi says:

        Yeah!! I can hear it๐Ÿ˜‰

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  32. yassy says:

    Awesome ๐Ÿ‘ awesome ๐Ÿ‘ creativity at its best.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Y! It means so much coming from you. Wow.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. yassy says:

        Always welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  33. Ishita Gupta says:

    Wow wow wow!!
    The artwork is just gorgeous! And the poem is soooo beautiful. I absolutely love it!!โค

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Whoa. You bring me a smile my friend. Thank you for your words. Have a fantastic day.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ishita Gupta says:

        I’m glad I made you smile! Have an awesome day๐Ÿ’›

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much!

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  34. Amazingly written ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  35. Aushi says:

    Awwww.. Shanyu… It’s a marvellous creation that just went from your heart and mind to ours๐Ÿ˜… Its beautiful..
    Nd the sketch…๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘.. You multitalented being๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜…
    Keep writing, keep rocking
    Stay blessed ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ’

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    1. Shanyu says:

      My dearest friend,
      I cannot thank you enough for these touching words. I’m so thrilled to have you here. It really makes me happy. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Have a wonderful day.

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      1. Aushi says:

        Wish you so shanyu๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŽŠ

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  36. Asra Anime says:

    Creativity ๐ŸŽˆ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  37. Woody says:

    Thanks a lot for your interest, Shanyu. Finding time to go through all of my storage and archives, including some dusty boxes in my cupboard, the only remains was ink on paper.
    I’ve begun writing sometimes again but you’ve inspired me to re-type those old ones and show them around a bit.
    A little editting is natural, to reflect the 23 odd years that have passed since I wrote them.
    I’ll share one with ya soon.
    Thanks again mate !

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    1. Shanyu says:

      That’s great. Can’t wait to read them.
      Cheers.

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  38. This is brilliant! Loved the artwork! ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. Glad to see you here. Have a fantastic day.

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      1. My pleasure! ๐Ÿ™‚ You too!

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