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I fell in love with a pianist's hands.

They danced across my skin in minuets, his fingers tripping cadenzas up and down my spine. He brushed sonatas through my hair and across my shoulders, pianissimo. I trembled beneath his trills. The primal, earnest rage of Bach swelled in hot crescendos along my throat, beneath my ribs, guided by his hands --- Mozart, coolly logical, raised goosebumps down my arms --- Chopin soothed the fire and finally calmed my hammering heart.

I fell in love with a pianist's hands, listening from the back of the coffee shop while my lungs fought for breath, making wishes until he was gone.
Not exactly fiction, but edited for privacy and decorum.
I wish I'd had the nerve to talk to him, but wouldn't have been any sane way to start that conversation.
Synesthesia bites, sometimes.
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Wolfwings102 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional Writer
<3 Thank you!
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sigilogos Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
after reading this, I think I finally understand why I had such a crush on Clara Haskil when I was a kid - it was actually the Scarlatti!
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Professional Writer
Makes perfect sense to me!
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lucid Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This made my eyes water! It's beautiful. :)
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Writer
<3 Thank you so much!
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WrittenInRaw Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Writer
Awe this is very cleverly worded. I think we've all felt that yearn for... the person across the room...
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Nebulaeyes77 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Extremely beautiful (: (:
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you very much. :)
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viteaz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Sounds wonderful & I like the tone... an a cappella 'hammering heart', struggling to be in tune with the 'slow hands'! :iconnyan-elett-plz::iconnyan-elett-plz::iconnyan-elett-plz::iconnyan-elett-plz::iconnyan-elett-plz::iconnyan-elett-plz:  
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Writer
<33 Thank you!
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013   General Artist
Wow, that's interesting. I'm synesthetic also, but not with sound. I have grapheme-color synesthesia. :D
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Writer
Ooh, cool. That sounds to me like it would be so distracting. 
I've been doing some research on it recently. You grow up seeing the world in a certain way, and it never occurs to you that other people don't experience it the way you do. Apparently, you can develop new crossovers or lose the ones you have. I would deeply hate to lose it.
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   General Artist
You should definitely read Wednesday is Indigo Blue if you haven't already. It's a great book! :)
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   General Artist
Definitely. :) Sometimes it is a little distracting, especially when certain words, letters or numbers are written in the 'wrong' color. I've always been curious about sound related synesthesia, it sounds so interesting! X)

I can't imagine what it would be like if I didn't have my colors. I also have time units-colors and spatial locations. I would be devastated if Tuesday stopped being blue or e was no longer green.
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sugarsweet1259 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This was very very lovely...loved the mix of music and touches :)
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Writer
:3 Many thanks!
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Sey-chii Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh. I thought you meant that it was out of control. Mine doesn't work that way though. I taste the colors that I tasted before, but it seems like they always get mixed up with another color or sound. It gets really annoying.
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Sey-chii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I see. So it can get out of control when it wants to? It causes a lot of harm as well? Well, mine was kind of out of control when I listened to sketchy beats that were mixed together. Sometimes I guess my mind can't tell the difference between actual music and a sample.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm not sure what you mean by getting out of control. It's just how I perceive sound. It never changes, and I can't control it any more than I can control sense of smell, taste, or vision.
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Sey-chii Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! I have two types though. When ever I listen to a certain piece of music, I feel like I'm in that exact setting. Appearance included. Another is colors that have personalities and personifications. Yellow is a strong willed girl who has her timid little sister Orange. Blue is a caring boy who has two baby sisters, Teal and Periwinkle. The list goes on and on.

(Does your type of synesthesia help with any of your writing or drawing? Mine does.)
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
I don't know that it helps, much. Maybe some sort of verbal synesthesia would. For the most part, I just find myself paying undue attention to sounds and sometimes describing them in ways that don't make sense to most people. In that regard, I guess it might actually be slightly detrimental.
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staarshade Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, gorgeous. I understand your feelings, I fell in love with a man because of the colors of his voice. if you don't mind me asking, what are the, ah, "symptoms" of your synesthesia?
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Writer
<3 Thank you!
It's auditory-tactile. I feel sounds. Oddly, though, it seems to be lessening recently. :< It's like losing a sense. I don't like it.
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staarshade Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, I couldn't imagine living without my colors... It would make the world a darker place... Will you check out some of my poems? They are a bit like yours. =)
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Aitheos Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
so beautiful :D
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w-o-a-nderer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Nice
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Writer
^^ Thank you!
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Gnewi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This was the first work of yours that caught my eye. Your first line is definitely a hook! Especially, since my brother is a concert pianist, composer, etc. (Who is still single, in case you are wondering! :D)
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VictimofYFD Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Writer
So much in so little words. This is absolutely beautiful :)

But I have one question: when you hear sounds, do you actually feel the fleeting touches externally? Or do you feel it internally, like in 'a mind's eye' kind of sense?
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akky3210 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really, really nice, made all the better by the fact that you actually have synesthesia. The poetry of this piece is absolutely exquisite. Faved!
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Writer
<3 Thank you!
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akky3210 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Kirres-talon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Woah...this is really beautiful...I mean, I'm just at a loss for words. Totally wicked, dude. Just wow... :love:
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
:heart: Thank you so much.
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ImNotTHATDumb Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
The first line alone had me clicking the favorite button. :) This is simply beautiful, although saying that feels like repeating a broken record after reading a few of the comments (haha).
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Writer
:heart: Thank you!
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jnarochel17 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely lovely! I've definitely been there, but you described it so well.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Writer
:heart: Thank you so much!
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Cameowolf Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this poem. Really good, every description.
I am also synesthesiac, but not in the same way. I more of hear and taste colors.
But still, good job.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Writer
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VictorHugo Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Loved how inviting and descriptive your writing is, you donīt get lost. Thereīs sound and movements in it, itīs really generous.
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QuiEstInLiteris Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Writer
^^ Thank you!
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