Sugar and Salt

© Shanyu Bihani 2020

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  1. Ishita Gupta says:

    I’m speechless, Shanyu. This is absolutely marvellous. Splendid❤
    I love the start of the poem, it just pulls the reader in. So so beautiful. I love this unique comparison between sugar and salt.
    “If only we could be human more
    We’d know all ends in salt.”
    Wow. Such a fantastic end. Bravo!
    Love and hugs🧡🧡
    Ishita.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      I’m equally speechless Ishita! I cannot thank you enough for your words. I’m so grateful to you for these kind words.
      I’m thrilled to know that you like the end. It was very close to my heart
      Cheers.
      Shanyu.🧡

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      1. Ishita Gupta says:

        Absolutely my pleasure!
        🧡

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  2. Lia says:

    Wow…. this is lovely Shanyu… also the presentation. “Salt is infinite” !!! what a lovely creation. 💛

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Lia. Thank you so very much.
      Hugs.

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  3. Shanyu, brilliantly written pair of poems! Love the contrast of the metaphors of sugar and salt. ❤ Both are part of the human experience, and it would be a mistake to percieve life as being solely one or the other. I like the phrases "cinnamon scented lies" and "silly sugar beings" which warn us that life cannot be all "sugar." All the best, Cheryl

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hi Cheryl.
      You’ve left me absolutely speechless. Thank you so very much for these wonderful words. I’m so glad you like the piece.
      I cannot thank you enough for catching those little lines and details of the poem. It’s because of readers like you that I continue to grow. Thank you.
      And yes, you’ve got the interpretation spot on. Not all things in life can be sugar, and that’s okay!
      Cheers.
      Shanyu.

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  4. gabychops says:

    As always, you amaze with the maturity of your ideas. Your ability to express in poetry a profound and passionate human earning, a question that was asked many times: ‘Why can’t we be more human, we could be having heaven on Earth’. Excellent. Thank you.

    Joanna

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Joanna,
      Thank you so much for these kind and sincere words. I’m glad you like the piece. One of the best things a writer can do is urge the readers to think. I hope I have.
      Cheers.

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  5. besondersite says:

    Wow amazing thoughts and excellently put together! Such an exquisite piece, Shanyu 😀
    Your poems ooze of perfection. I gotta read it again!!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Prerna. It means everything to know you like it.
      Please do read it again. The best thing about poetry is how every time we read it, the meaning changes and perhaps gets better.

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  6. Beautifully written Shanyu romantic, orginal and yet reality strikes on the very last line,”of cinnamon scented lies” I loved it!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much K! I’m so glad you like the pieces.
      The line was one of my favourites too.
      Hugs

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Nico!

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  7. bitter sweet and so neat!!! ❤️👏👏

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Cheers to that my friend!
      Thank you so much.

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      1. 🍷🍷 Here’s to you!!! 😘❣️

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  8. WOW. It’s perfect. It’s beyond perfect. You did a marvelous job. You made me happy. Your talent is charming all hearts. I am crying because I don’t know what I should be: Sugar or Salt?

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Dear friend,
      Thank you so very much. It cannot possibly be perfect, but I take all the joy in knowing that you like it.
      Thank you so very much. I’m glad I’ve made you happy.
      Now the question you ask is really hard. We may be sugar, but somebody might see us as salt. I think let’s be sugar, salt and everything in between.
      Cheers.

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  9. vintageblack says:

    This is beautiful, and human, and loving, and taste related which always works as a great analogy for poets and gourmet food lovers alike 🙂
    and it is true it is a question of finfing the right balance and for sugar not to fill you up with artificial feelings thus aboiding a diabetic collapse (excuse my rambling, LOL) which could be tragic.
    gourmet and flavour are what makes some necessary (loving or tasting) experiences more full/soul/heart/tastefully filling. Spice o’life!
    No need understanding them. We just eat them,feel then, aprehend them. They are the food for our gut, our body, and soul. Trying to find a right balance, without keeping fully sugary coated lips, eyes, and non pink glasses.
    I continue being enthralled by your poetry. Keep inspiring S. 🙂

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much A! I cannot thank you enough for your reflections on my thoughts here.
      I do agree when you say that thing about artificial sugar feelings. Hasn’t everybody felt it atleast once? I don’t know if it’s the sugar coated words or the fact that honey literally drops down from their lips, something about it makes me think of sugar not as I thought it was.
      Of course, sugar and salt is equally necessary in spicing things up for life. Maybe it’s just about that line when it gets too sweet or too salty.
      I continue being enthralled by your comments. Cheers.

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      1. vintageblack says:

        Hey Shan (can I call you that LOL) – actually sugar is bad for your health. So better use cinnamon. Even though due to its colour that was not gonna lyrically work for your poetic reflection on love’s hassles. 🙂 I am enthralled you are enthralled by the comments your enthralling poetry triggers in my mind. Thought Flow. Now imagine that. Perfect blend of thinking and feeling.
        Critical poetry as a philosophical art.
        (I am neither drunk nor suffering from sleep paralysis atm i am just losing myself :p ) :)))

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      2. Shanyu says:

        You sure can friend. Sugar is veeeeery bad indeed. Ah! Cinnamon is the second best thing to yellow( yellows my favourite color). It not only smells but tastes equally delicious.
        Love your lovely tongue twister. Perfect blend of thinking and feeling it is.
        I can get you’re losing yourself. I wonder in what? Hope you have a wonderful evening.

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      3. vintageblack says:

        i don’t know what i am losing myself in. I have a big thinking knot up in my head and a very deeply sensitive knot down in my heart. I need help untangling it. I need to get lost with someone else. It will feel less lonely. Yellow’s your favourite colour – so I read in your charming intro to your blog! Now that is interesting!!!!!
        I am painting my nails in blue as we speak.
        Anyways, still no idea in what i am losing myself in. I just got a bit of the flow back that’s all I can say. Music and a drink helps. LOL

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      4. Shanyu says:

        Those knots are sometimes very tricky, but I can tell you they’ll be untangled soon. In fact, embracing them is just as fun. I wrote a poem called blind threads on my blog that actually was so close to this. Give it a go perhaps, may help you through this.
        What’s your favourite color? Teal?(just a guess. Teal is beautiful after all).
        It fine if you don’t know where you’re losing yourself. I lose myself in music at times. Just found out about Jon bellion and The Score.
        You got music favourites?

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      5. vintageblack says:

        i like aquamarine, turquoise, electric blue, celeste blue, purple, purplish pink (besides de black and white of course). Pastel colours lift my spirits too.
        Yeah i am looking forward to untangling them. The heart ones are not really tangled, they are just very present and need to be unthreaded out through my chest (i hope that is not a very gory image for you – i don’t wanna make your literal sugary inspirational intoxication a dangerous travail. duh!). :)))

        Music you say. I loooooooove music. Too many to name, i can start sharing bit by bit. Currently listening to Shipwreck – Modeselektor/Thom Yorke. Disclaimer – i normally get lost in the music, trance style, i don’t notice they lyrics as much while in trance/flow.
        Will check those recommendations of yours!
        Oh no teal for me. Boring colour.
        A.

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      6. Shanyu says:

        Whoa, you’re quite the blue! I have to agree with you on the pastel colours. They are very reassuring.
        That is a little gory but I guess it’s poetic genius. Can picture myself writing a poem about that.
        I haven’t heard to this but I sure will. Armin Van Buren is the king of trance!
        Maybe not teal then.
        S

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      7. vintageblack says:

        let’s say i am not blue but i like blue. not sure if that makes any sense. Not sure what colour I am. What colour i transmit. Now that sounds hippy!
        I get all wordily senseless when in flow. i guess that’s good. Losing myself again?
        Definitely NO TEAL.

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      8. Shanyu says:

        Yes yes. Let me take it back. That does sound hippy, weird.
        Perhaps losing yourself again. Btw, I heard to the song and it’s mind-blowing. The lyric was funny. I precisely heard “you die you choke”
        Yellow then? At least a little?🥺🥺

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      9. vintageblack says:

        i think i have the full loopy colour bag but there is definitely yellow there. Some say too much. One can’t please everyone, alas 😉
        Haha

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      10. Shanyu says:

        Yayayayay! I know I know. Kidding.
        I might have some electric blues in mine too.

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      11. vintageblack says:

        Electric blues in plural sounds very musical. Melikes.

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  10. Silver Stone says:

    Simply beautiful and well penned! I like how you’ve managed to make a contrast between sugarcoated fantasies/wishes with the bittersweet and gritty reality. It’s simply amazing and mindblowing!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much S! I’m so thrilled to read your response. You’ve deciphered this piece so so correctly. We may want sugar, but we have to get to salt some day or the other. Thank you so much. I was afraid I might not be read correctly, but now I know. Cheers.

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      1. Silver Stone says:

        You’re very welcome, buddy!

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  11. Aryan says:

    Fabulous work by a buddy poet!
    Keep it up!☺️

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much buddy. All the best with your blog.

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      1. Aryan says:

        That blog is 8 year old which is off!😅

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  12. Aryan says:

    Fabulous work by a buddy poet!
    Well done and keep it up!☺️

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  13. These poems are always perfect ❤ Every time I see a mail from your blog I instantly click it

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much V! I was just thinking of giving your blog a visit. I guess it’s time I resume my reading. You’re a blessing friend. I cannot thank you enough. Have a fantastic day.

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  14. Divya says:

    Beautifully written Shanyu❤️

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much D! I’m so thrilled to know you like it.

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      1. Divya says:

        My pleasure dear❤️

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  15. You are capable of amazing things.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      And you are capable of making just anybody smile. Thank you so much. Your faith in my words means all.

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  16. Brilliantly expressed, together they flow in sync and create a profound image! 💟 Loved them!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. I’m so thankful for your words of kindness. Have a fantastic day and keep writing.

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      1. You’re most welcome, dear

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Cheers 🥂. I am just heading over to your blog.

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  17. vintageblack says:

    Hello dear Shanyu, brilliantly worded and elegantly structured as usual, however (if you could allow me a however or a but) i must say i am
    a bit disappointed by the dry realism
    the salt part distills. I do not think letting go to the floaty and sugary feelings is a bad thing at all, it means we are still fully sentient beings able to not only think and imagine, but also fully experience (passionate) love.
    of course all good things in life require or
    provoke sweat and tears – but wouldn’t two normally intelligent beings that fall in love be able to anticipate that too? the maturity on both sides and the relationship growth resides in the ability of letting go of preconceptions,
    adapting the relationship to new ways of doing and expressing yourselves and interrelating as time evolves.
    and if something doesn’t work and doesn’t wanna get fixed no matter how extra spice you wanna add to the mix, then it would be time to part ways,
    with a feeling of gratitude for
    the emotional and creative growth achieved while letting yourself live the relationship to the tune of the flow.

    you see i am still expecting there is some sea in sight.
    Call me the Mad meandering-cum-realistic-cum-married-with-ideas Queen.

    Stay safe!
    Anna Palaa

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hi dear Anna.
      I have been waiting for this to come. Basically, it is a concept that requires such discussions. I guess we sometimes write poetry in a flow that may be influenced by a stream of emotions that like life, are transient of course.
      You are right in saying that we must not let go of sugar in life, afterall it keeps us going, but sugar slowly kills. It isn’t wrong to dream of sugar and saccharine fantasies but we must equally take in account gritty realities. Life can be sweet, and intelligent beings sure can anticipate the salt, but if all of us were actually that “human” we wouldn’t feel bad or sad at the end of it.
      Hope is necessary. Like we had discussed, but can too much of hope lead to disappointment? Hope keeps us going and looking for the sea is never wrong, but coincidentally, the even the sweet of the river does enter the salt of the sea.
      Not that I’m being cynical, which I can get quite often, salt actually stands for rebirth too. So there will always be salt in the form of hardships, and when we come out of them, it will be salt in the form of rebirth. Just the perspective changes
      I hope it wasn’t too dark, but I thank you for the talk. It gives me clarity and makes things easier to grasp(honestly I myself don’t know what my poems mean at time, and that’s when we can leave the deciphering to the readers.
      I hope you see the sea and the sea sees you.
      Take care.
      Shan.

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      1. vintageblack says:

        Hi Shan, you see, it is funny in a way to read your feedback. Darkly enlightening too, if I may say so, overly bleak in a way I wasn’t expecting it to be, excuse my frankness, we seem to be friends after all so I am sure you won’t take it badly :). I have spent my entire life being overly pessimistic in my reading of things, for self-protection and I am not one that would normally jump into the void with her eyes closed. I feel of late a bit let’s say misinterpreted (and I guess i am the only one to blame for that!). I am definitely not an advocate of sugar neither literally nor metaphorically (I don’t like sugary things so if any of my writings or comments hinted towards sugar, then my fingers definitely mistyped some those verses or comments). 🙂
        I am fully aware about the transience of feelings, and interpretations, and thoughts. I never think about the meaning of my poetry until it has been written, and then like yours, the poems can be reread under a new light and shed some new meaning. The beauty of language and poetry.
        My life has been full of struggles, like everyone else’s life, we all have different types of struggles. That doesn’t mean that you don’t want to enjoy life every now and then, the spice, the innovation, the passion, the growth beyond the salty hardships and sweat. So while I think a lot, I am also passionate, and i think sometimes one needs to let go (which funnily is a message that I have been implicitly receiving over the last few weeks).
        I like the sea, but I was not searching for it. A number of references I saw in songs, blogs and comments over the last few months made me remain conscious of this recurring image.
        Anyways, take care too and thanks for your words!
        Anna

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Anna,
        Perhaps it is a bit too dark, now that I read it again. Honestly, I’m confused. I still am figuring it out myself, so maybe the reply a premature, but I get what you say.
        I am sorry you feel misinterpreted but I guess we can sort it out as buddies. Funny enough, I cannot ever get enough of the literal sugar. Oh I so love desserts and sugar sugar sugar.
        Now the metaphorical sugar is a whole different tale, but it is a work in progress.
        And it’s right when you say that each one deserves a sugar/spice vacay. Afterall, life without sugar(metaphorical) is like Crema Catalana without sugar (literal), an I guess either doesn’t taste that good. But you know what? A little bit of sugar in savoury and a pinch of salt in dessert is all that needs to uplift the flavours.
        I don’t know where this is headed, but I guess life is so very complex and we have to take salt(metaphorical) as a grain of salt( that’s funny).
        The sea is thoroughly beautiful, and in the end you don’t have to actually look for it(geographically.)
        Anyways, it was so much fun to actually have an analysis of my poetry and perhaps a segment of life.
        Thank you friend. I guess I really need to have some sugar!
        Shan.

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      3. vintageblack says:

        A little bit of sugar in savoury and a pinch of salt in dessert is all that needs to uplift the flavours. – True that. Salty dark chocolate. Yum.
        I think we keep saying over and over the same thing with different words. Poetic and analytical combat. I don’t like literal sugar but a metaphorically sugary hug always helps lift those spirits.
        I have the sea quite close by actually. I hope i could swim in it more often though.
        Now, i think i need some chocolate after this convoluted yet VERY INTERESTING analytical-poetic-divergent debate!!! Bonne soirée!

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      4. Shanyu says:

        I just had Fleur de sel Dark chocolate by Lindt. Truly yum!
        You’re right, it is convoluted, but INTERESTING.
        Its a shame you don’t like literal sugar, but perhaps you’ll live longer.
        I am longing for a swim at the beach .lucky you…
        Sending you a wonderful metaphorical sugar hug.
        Love.

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      5. vintageblack says:

        Fleur de sel Dark chocolate by Lindt. – Now you are treating yourself!!!!!!!! Leave some (metaphorically speaking of course) for me, my young exquisitely gourmet friend. 🙂
        I am close to the sea but I am not going to the sea now, it is raining (i know i know, beautiful experience to swim under the rain). But, i’d rather the sea came to me. Now, that is being lazy on a Saturday afternoon!
        Sending you a chocaliciously-caramel-sugary-salty hug back to you. Love

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      6. Shanyu says:

        I sure am. You know what? Sent you a bar too. Orange chocolate tastes just as good.
        It is raining out here too, rather heavily for a nice day of fall. Hope our skies clear up.
        Sending you a metaphorical coffee frosted cupcake hug(I know can get messy).
        Sugar!

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  18. vintageblack says:

    Chilly dark choc. Ever tried that? SIIIIIIINFUL. Lol.
    I hope our skies clear up soon, too. 🙂
    Sending you a gin-and-tonic-frosted cupcake hug (now, I am not sure if we are getting illegal here, with you being so very young).
    And I do not want to appear I am playing Mrs Robinson here.
    Haha.
    Brown Sugar!

    P.S.: Sugar is a brilliant character played by M. Monroe in Some Like It Hot. Cinematic classic. If you haven’t watched it yet, do.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      I did! Churros and chilli choc! Just as close to heaven.
      Don’t know a Mr Robinson! Sorry. Not a movie geek.
      Cane sugar!

      Ps, haven’t watched it, but will do!

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      1. vintageblack says:

        Churros! How very gallactically Madridian, this sounds. Huh, funny that.
        Are they the small kind? There are these distorted and long ones over here where I live. Not that I ever get them. I don’t like the oily stuff.
        Do (watch)!! Marilyn is a secondary character though. All curvy you may like. But Jack Lemon/Tony Curtis, best cinematic couple EVER. 🙂 Funky 50s music too!!

        Mrs Robinson – at least go play the song. Simon & Garfunkel. Bah these millenial kids. How can you not know this song.

        😀

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      2. Shanyu says:

        We have the long ones here with ridges on their body. Rolled through cinnamon and sugar. Wow.
        I do have to. Not sure how I’ll like it. Never tried anything that has been made before the 1990s so that’ll be a first

        It’s funny. Should I really know this song? I’m more like Drake and Post Malone. You’ve got me interested. I am just going to do that.

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      3. vintageblack says:

        long ones with ridges in the body and rolled through cinammon and sugar? oh my now that sounds like something i’d like a taste of…at least a tiny tip!!! must be a sugarjuicilly experience.

        of course of course, these kiddos. you seem to know your poetry and churro and myths and music, for such a young innocent age. Cheers to that!!

        kiddo still, but. Wow.

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      4. Shanyu says:

        You very honestly must. I cannot imagine what you’re missing at not having sugar.
        I’m glad you think so. I am kind of a Google fanatic if that counts, so no harm in reading and surfing the net. In fact just read Pablo Neruda. Man he wrote beautifully.
        Kiddo still. Maybe not!
        Wowing back.

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      5. vintageblack says:

        Kiddo still. Maybe not! I’ll try those churros maybe. One day. 🙂

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    1. Shanyu says:

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

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  19. Wow, those sensory combinations are powerful! My favorite is the “cedar chocolate.” I got a phantom taste on my tongue reading that line. The scent of cedar is one of my favorites and chocolate is one of my favorite tastes.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. I’m so glad I made you feel this way. It is one of my favourite lines too. I hope you enjoy ed the cedar chocolate. Have a fantastic day.

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  20. celestiaclementine says:

    Aaahh! This is so beautiful I could die! Much admiration.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much C! I’m so glad to know you like it. I wouldn’t want you to die,but your words mean a lot. Thanks

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  21. Marvelous…loved the way u have penned it

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    1. Shanyu says:

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

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  22. Secrets says:

    Shanyu, fabulous piece.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. It means the world to me.

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