The Scar (A collaborative poem with Matt @This Mortal Flesh)


My chaste spirit
once as light
as a taraxacum
loosed by
summer’s breath
soaring on
chimerical winds

Not having yet
fumes lingering far
on the horizon
Evil biding its time
with no rhyme
or reason

A hatred
existing solely
to consume—to poison
to corrupt
the unblemished soul
I shuddered
as the trap
closed around me…

fear surged
within me
old and vicious
as the ages
clutching my psyche

sapping my strength
at once
my eyes
snapped open
and I understood
the enigmatic

something primal
instinct—no doubt—told me
Unless I confronted this
naked eye swiftly
I’d be absorbed
in the folds
of the entity

I fixed my gaze
and offered up
my treasured
to the beast
shear radiance
as a quasar

I had thought
myself weak
braced myself
for annihilation
utter defeat
yet the beast
clouds of fear

In the seething chaos
I broke free
escaped into the light
the breech between
love and pain
Still—I bare the scar
as a beacon to show
where innocence
once was

I had the immense pleasure of collaborating with the very talented Matt on this – if you don’t know of him yet, I urge you to go and check him out – he’s a brilliant writer with a sharp mind. This was a Franco-American collaboration so we are doing our bit to improve diplomatic relations between our countries, if nothing else 😉

The Scar: written by Nathalie and Matthew – July 19th 2015

Image credit: “Magic Light” by Cindy Grundsten


41 thoughts on “The Scar (A collaborative poem with Matt @This Mortal Flesh)

    1. Thank you so much, collaborating with Matt was indeed exciting, challenging and incredibly rewarding – I absolutely loved working with him, he’s such an amazing writer and I guess we fly along similar types of skies…which helped massively with the cohesion of our writing 🙂

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  1. Nathalie and Matt, I enjoyed the result of your collaboration! I love the play between light and dark, good and evil, and the “breech” between love and pain captured in the story telling. The imagery and the flow, beautiful! “The Scar” reads as if it was written by one voice, congratulations! I truly hope there are more collaborations to come from the two of you!

    Take good care,

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    1. Thank you Pepperanne, this comment made my day!
      I particularly loved the… “evil twins” I say, “talented twins”! that you left on Matt’s page 😉
      Writing with Matt was a fantastic experience, I’m sure there’s more to come 😉
      Thank you again and have a great week!
      Warm wishes – Nathalie

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