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breathwords

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United States
Writer. Wonderer. Wanderer. Aquarius. I Study Minds & Addiction. Poetry is my Drug. | breathwords.com | Author of Love, Lies and Lullabies
October 18, 2019
 

we keep a cache of forgotten relics:
an assortment of afterthoughts
secrets stored in jade-stained eyes
a box full of yesterdays
and all the things we left behind
- ashley jane

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LUXE GIFTS
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October 18, 2019
 

an oath in dragon script decorates her skin
it ripples like soft rain beneath black lace,
a storm of letters and lines luring you in
with the magic that is buried in them
they pin you down in back rooms
lit up by the blood moon’s shine
i watch your hands digging for truth
beneath thin layers of walls
you harvest sweet dreams and red velvet wishes,
fingers parting waves of copper strands
meant to keep no one out
she watches with bated breath
as you dance along her curves,
plucking the wicked words from her bones,
the ones that leave you both trembling
her eyes look like pools of electric blue
and she welcomes you to swim in her inner seas,
to dive into the depths of her mystery,
her fire and l...

MY TIME
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October 18, 2019
 

they were built from the soil,
carving pathways where water flows
into the veins of the future
we exist in their bones,
where mountaintops touch ocean depths
they created us long before
our dreams were ever formed,
a divination of untamed nature
decades in the making,
a shining expanse of wilderness
taking up shelter in our souls
we contain pieces and parts
of their ink-stained hearts,
moments and memories
and mysteries from within our ancestors
written inside the thin cracks of city walls,
screaming out from the silence
but we do not listen
we hover on the edges of remembrance,
but we never learn,
too hellbent on our self-destruction to notice
the map full of warnings
we refuse to heed
(w...

POOJA WAHANE SUBMISSION
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October 10, 2019
 

we slip down steep steps,
following a path of shell and stone,
sinking into spaces where mermaids roam,
all our past beginnings buried deep
somewhere far away from shore
and here we are,
our thrill-seeking souls searching,
on a quest to uproot them up again,
as if digging up those old stories
will bring us peace,
as if this dangerous discovery
will provide pleasure to our amorous hearts
but all thats left within that wreckage
is a withering love that holds us hostage,
leaving us to drift in the destruction
(we cannot create a future
if we keep swimming in the same mistakes)

WORDS OF WISDOM
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October 10, 2019
 

in the next county over,
there is a giant causeway
shaped like a four-leaf clover
i follow its twist and turns,
a journey of madness ending in
a slow descent
into a city made for leaving
yet, i just can’t seem to stay away
- ashley jane

BEAUTY OF LIFE
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October 3, 2019
 

we eat worry
with yesterday’s leftovers,
anxiousness swallowed down
with a bit of bread
that we bought with loose change
found between seat cushions
years of empty pockets
have left us accustomed
to its stale taste
it will be another long day today
the poems will have to wait
there is rarely time for writing anymore
if we aren’t working
our time is stolen by daily chores
and doctor appointments
on the rarer days,
when the quiet greets us,
our minds are still consumed
with this sense of foreboding
we can’t seem to escape
it’s rather suffocating,
always falling short of thriving
most days, we’re barely surviving
our wallets are paper thin
and the coffers are empty
our hearts are full though,
a...

EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY
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September 29, 2019
 

september is here
the nights are crowned with darkness
days are lost to sinking shadows,
closing time on a land
once cloaked in sunshine
we stand under a moonlit spell,
blackberry skies
blanketed in stardust
we use the them for light,
their inked pixels creating a map,
a galaxy of constellations
that will always lead us home
- ashley jane

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STARS
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September 29, 2019
 

words sit thick
like cotton on the tongue
waiting to be spun
into a dress of pretty prose
for strangers to wear,
letters and lace to drape
across the shoulders of people
we will never meet,
soul stories told by hands
that hold tendrils of magic
we move between moments,
insomnia written into our bones
because sleep cannot make a home
in minds that do not rest,
in bodies composed
of air and water and hope and pain
we breathe wreckage and desire,
and we are not afraid of either
because we carry the blood
of vikings and warriors in our veins
our hearts wear a shield
made of woven strength
we are resilient
we are infinite
we are poetry
- ashley jane

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INSPIRE THROUGH WORDS
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September 23, 2019
 

ink-smears
decorate the rosewood,
art deeply embedded into the grains,
a vision of the universe
becoming this pastiche
of a starry, starry night
we stand in awe as the moonlight reflects
in each cut and groove,
we are wrapped in warm winds
and the scent of earth,
searching for hidden meanings
and finding truth between the lines

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MELODIC ROSE
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September 23, 2019
 

there are months
when i hardly think of you,
and days when you are ever present,
moments where the quiet sea within me
rages recklessly
and i become a d r i f t
in the anarchy of you
in the chaos that reigns
behind your moonglade eyes
i am drowning in them,
sinking into aquamarine dreams
these bittersweet memories are killing me
slowly
and all at once
i am afraid
that one day
your memories will swallow me whole
- ashley jane

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LET IT GO. MOVE ON
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September 7, 2019
 

we exist in this summer haze,
days trailing into nights
we sit beneath midnight skies
painted obsidian and aubergine,
sipping on Guinness and cider
and talking about life
and love
and the ache of it all
we keep waiting on this new moon
to impart its infinite wisdom,
waiting for stories untold
to unfold amidst the stars
but there is only the echo of absence,
a silence that shakes us
so we fill it
with chatter
with chaos
we get drunk on the noise
because anything is better than this
q u i e t
because anything is better than admitting
we have no clue
what is going on
we sit in shadows cast by starlight
and wait for the sun to rise
(maybe it will share its secrets)
- ashley jane

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MOVEMENT
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September 7, 2019
 

cloud swirls paint abstract beauty
across darkened skies
midnight truths fly free as a bird,
shattering looking glass memories
until all that’s left are figments
floating in the mind of dreamers
- ashley jane

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DARK NIGHT
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September 5, 2019
 

i parked my body by the river
and let my soul take in the view
of daylight skies
draped in a nepenthe
of whispers and sunrise
and this amazing thing called
p e a c e
i am addicted to the way
this quiet sings
i wrapped myself in slivers of nature
and let my heart be pierced with love
i watched night fall
into the arms of the land
and it held me too,
in its beautiful darkness
in its celestial magic
in its authenticity and truth
i took a midnight journey
within the stars,
and they soothed the anxiousness
of my meandering mind
they eased the ache in my tired bones
they provided a sanctuary,
a purity of purpose,
a promise
a beautiful breath of hope
(i am finally home)
- ashley jane

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LONE SOULS
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August 30, 2019
 

her eyes hold the summer solstice,
sunlight shimmering through them
as she soothes the roaring riptides
she is the ebb and flow of rolling waves
she swims beneath the surface of blueberry seas
poppy blossoms bloom like fire on cherry red lips,
smoke and poetry filtering through them
as she flies within an opaque kiss of clouds
she holds the soul of a mermaid
and the heart of a dragon
she stitches heaven and earth together
with a wave of silver
and a flicker of gold
- ashley jane

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SUMMER IS A STATE OF MIND
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August 27, 2019
 

sunlight beckons,
wisps of lemonade light
across blush skies
i will place typewritten letters
in old glass bottles
they will sail on silken waves,
little sips for those whose hearts
require escape from the winter dreary
(come closer - let these words warm your bones)
- ashley jane

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BARE FOOT
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August 24, 2019
 

we are creators,
melding mindful moments into magic
we spin sunlight and shadow
into poetry
that mends open wounds
and heals heavy hearts
some days, we make art
others, we become it
- ashley jane

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DEEP LOVE
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August 23, 2019
 

the years accumulate,
filling the space between us
we live in the margins,
avoiding shallow waters
filled with hollow words
we’re all fake smiles
and bitter reminders
and thinly veiled distaste,
the ghosts of what once was
i suppose
i always thought
we’d find our way back
but apparently
some bridges
were made to burn
- ashley jane

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THE SUN
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August 18, 2019
 

i unlock the moonlight
and dip my fingers
in the divine connection
i weave threads of its shimmer
into a ravel of hibiscus,
translating beauty
into a new language
that only exists
in these petals of protection
guarded by ocean waves
the seagulls sing their approval,
already versed in the intricacies
of each new letter
i hope you learn its every curve
and paint the world
in powerful poetry
- ashley jane

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LONE SOULS
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August 17, 2019
 

we reign in the dream sea,
the waves crashing into us in random synchronicity
as we call them home
they recognize the salt living in our bones,
the breath of oceans roaring in our souls
we sit on thrones made of sequins and stars,
dressed in crowns of precious coral
we swim beneath the surface of your subconscious,
modern kings and queens ushering in
the realm of sleep
here, we are royalty
here, we hold hands with the moon
and become one with the tide
- ashley jane

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HORIZON
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August 12, 2019
 

we are moonlight and shadows,
rain-kissed stolen moments under open skies,
we come together on soft, dark nights
to bare our souls to the constellations:
in stardust we trust
we are no longer held captive
by hard hearts and rough hands
call us the chosen,
the free,
the kindred
- ashley jane

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STARS
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August 8, 2019
 

sunrise paints the sky
with a breath of poetry,
all cantaloupe and mint
and the same misty morning blue
that lives in your eyes
we speak in silent languages,
in wisps and wants,
in feathery clouds that flutter
gently against your skin,
in silent pictures etched
across the landscape of time
we are the dream weavers,
the designers of daybreak
wind-kissed summer souls
on the horizon of your mind
we carry warmth in our bones
(we will thaw your winter heart)
- ashley jane

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SUNSET PEAKS
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August 7, 2019
 

i am walking forwards,
but time is moving backwards
and somehow,
i keep tracing your footsteps
i keep running into you
you celebrate
you call it fate,
but you know i’ve never believed in that
not the way i believe in ghosts
or horoscopes
or bonds that can’t be broken
i am trapped
i am fickle and indecisive
i am whispered dreams
standing at the edge of a scream
but never a follower
no, never
so, will you tell me please
why time has me coming around here,
visiting the minutes of your manipulation,
caught in the seconds of your stare
(i do not like the way these hours feel)
- ashley jane

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WHITE CLOCK
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August 3, 2019
 

summer always reminds me of her,
the feel of line dried clean sheets,
the smell of strawberry rhubarb jam
being made in the kitchen
along with fresh bread
and fig cake with pomegranate
i wait by the window for the june rains,
the heat ushering in wistful memories
of the woman who held the solstice in her soul

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FIND THE BEAUTY IN EVERY DAY
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August 1, 2019
 

glimmering gold and lavender love
pretty pulses of healing,
starlight infused into screaming veins,
hope shimmering across the universe of a soul
whose only ever known how pain bleeds,
peace radiating through the home
of bones too familiar with agony
there is a goddess within her,
a warrior finally waking
from an eternity of aching
she sheds the shadows of the past
and walks into the wonder of the present
(watch her become the sun)
- ashley jane

ANGEL OF PASSION
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August 1, 2019
 

you were all wiles and charms,
sensual depths
dancing behind midnight eyes
and lips that devoured my secrets
i gave no resistance
you always knew
how to play me a melody,
a pied piper beckoning
with velvet words and a lyre of lies
i fell for it every time
(but even hearts like mine know
there’s a time for letting go)
- ashley jane

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DAY OF TRUTH
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July 4, 2019
 

greenwood plays on the radio
as summer breathes against our skin,
a sticky haze of heat
fireworks shimmer across the sky,
and your lips hold
the timeless taste of americana,
sweet as apple pie

- ashley jane

FIREWORKS
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July 23, 2019
 

i dropped through the gray fog
on a wild flight beyond the edge of night,
and landed in the colors of June
i fell into a bright burn world
raining roses and stardust
i fell into y o u r world,
all spring breeze and a summer love
covered in sunflower petals,
and i was bewitched
i placed my heart in the hands
of a mysterious dreamer
who painted the skies
with orchids and dahlias,
as if you already knew all my favorites,
as if you already knew
how to make me bloom
i have always been shades of shadow,
but you,
you are a kiss of sunshine
you are a light in the darkness

- ashley jane

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HUG ME
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July 21, 2019
 

you said we used to be brilliant
we used to shine like the sun
we used to paint the town
with the rhythm of our love
but the only color we know now
is the color of deceit
we draw lines across the city,
words etched like hexes
from north to south
you stay on your side,
and i’ll stay on mine
isn’t that right?
we used to be shades of wonder,
of magic, of madness, of mystique
now, we are white lies
etched into a black heart summer,
silence caged in gray
(once upon a time,
we could’ve been the most amazing art)
- ashley jane

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200TH SKYLARK CHALLENGE
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July 13, 2019
 

flowers bloom in deference

to the night

the future of the universe

burst up through the ground,

and I stand amazed

- ashley jane

IQRA
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July 13, 2019
 

a soundtrack of dirt and noise,
opinions flying free
cries spilling from cages,
the piercing sting of words
leaving callous lips
we are a nation swayed
by made up numbers,
bewitched by half truths and fake news
while we remain blinded,
convinced we know best
when the real answer
has always been in front of us
(all we need is love)
- ashley jane

PEACE
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