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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
February 23, 2019
 

fifty-five months
that’s how long I spent
walking on eggshells,
waiting for you to explode
fifty-five wishes
made on stars
hoping they’d give me a sign
fifty-five flower petals plucked
(he loves me. he loves me not.)
fifty-five minutes
to throw everything in a suitcase
when I realized the answer was
‘not’
fifty-five days
since I took the risk
and traded fear for adventure
fifty-five sunrises
fifty-five sunsets

(never looking back)
- ashley jane

LONE SOULS
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February 23, 2019
 

ghostly whispers move
under a voodoo blood moon,
a slow-shimmer-slink
of air over bone,
their dark love calling us home,
cosmic cadavers
with claws that sink deep,
burning nerves
and setting veins on fire
we stand on the cusp of shadows,
slowly disappearing into the ether,
our souls chained to a sinking sun
- ashley jane

RESPECTED WOMAN
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February 23, 2019
 

i spread all the remnants of you
out on the table,
a pile of memorabilia from another life,
years of photos and letters
scattered within
a tangle of wasted breaths
and words unspoken
ink-stained moments
are all that’s left
of a love that once
burned through the night
- ashley jane

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CROWS ON MY WINDOW
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February 20, 2019
 

we wrote letters to the sun,
heartache and poetry
filled with confessions,
stories and reasons
for why we felt too deeply
and fell too quickly
we were dragon hearts and dandelion fuzz,
graceful power and a shimmer of softness
all beautifully broken
and bound within the stars

- ashley jane

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STARS
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February 20, 2019
 

i saw you
cast your cares into turquoise seas,
watched you fumble
with these glass emotions
until they became stars in an amethyst sky
i already know where you go when you hide
and how you swallow down words
until only silence remains,
abandoned breaths still calling your name

let me breathe your secrets
i want to taste the pain you keep
buried beneath your skin
- ashley jane

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GOLDFISH LOVE
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February 16, 2019
 

we’re caught out of orbit,
swept up in this
downpour-deluge of
d e s t r u c t i o n
(can you taste the chaos)
we are
itchy fingers on a
quick-trigger-hand-grenade,
minds dancing with delight
at the cold, dark danger,
mouths filled with yesterday’s ghosts

isn’t it
masterful,
the way madness
befalls the weary

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WORLD DOWN THE DRAIN
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February 15, 2019
 

i don’t celebrate
v a l e n t i n e ‘ s day
it’s all overpriced roses
and cards filled with words
that should be said
      every.
     damn.
      day.
i don’t celebrate
commercialized love
and boxed chocolates
(i always choose the gross ones anyway)
i don’t celebrate
pretty heart shaped things
or expensive stuffed animals
(nothing can replace the crook of your neck
or the brush of your hands)

i don’t celebrate
v a l e n t i n e ‘ s day
but, i celebrate you and me
and every single day
where i get to call you mine
- ashley jane

LET'S FALL IN LOVE
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February 13, 2019
 

wilted,
like funeral roses,
black and crumbling
from the weight of your ghost
they sit in stagnant denial,
thoughts swirling
and dreams drowning
in their desolation,
petals plucked
and seeds strewn

perhaps,
they’ll create
a garden of heartache
for all the lonely people
to water

(perhaps, then we’ll all be a little less lonely)

-ashley jane

UNITE TOGETHER
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February 13, 2019
 

he wears shades
of brimstone and damnation,
never raven black,
all burnished gold, falu and feuillemort
his eyes are home to a hidden world
made of ancient shadows and sunlight
they welcome you into the fire,
but you will not survive their invitation
to explore new depths

(darkness lives within the flames)

- ashley jane

TOTAL ECLIPSE 2017
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February 11, 2019
 

she had wise eyes,
but she wasn’t one for sharing wisdom,
so certain that it was vital
you make your own mistakes
she gave birth, not life,
a house, but never a home
and so you learned
how to burn
when it’s cold and you’re alone
and you learned about starting over
when all you want to do is quit
you learned when to remember
and when to forget
and how to hold on when you want to let go

(I think that was the most important lesson of all)

- ashley jane

CREATIVE
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February 9, 2019
 

you asked me who i am,
wanted to know the phases of my soul

i. slow mornings, an amethyst aubade played
   just outside a secret window where a crow
   waits on the ledge
ii. restless want, connected energies
    impatiently waiting for inspiration to strike
iii. lightning crash sea glass secretly hidden
    between quartz and crystals and igneous rock
iv. a twist of gothic red splattered across
    the innocence of a snow moon shimmer
v. a violet goodnight, an aura of shadows
    and purple lace skies decorated in poetry
vi. a journey, the path between body and mind,
     between the known and the unknown
vi. beginnings and endings placed like bookends,
     displaying the wonder of it all...

KEEP ON WRITING
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February 8, 2019
 

she runs with wolves
in wildflower gardens,
dresses up your pretty petals
in her favorite shades of black
(she’s addicted to the way the night bends)
she has no use for shallow souls
who play masquerade to hide their poisoned roots
she is power and strength,
blossom and bone,
a lioness in eden with magic in her eyes
and war on her tongue

(she will devour you whole)

- ashley jane

WOLF
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February 8, 2019
 

I watch you bend
until you’re almost broken,
your mind divided
and your world stripped bare

(you deserve more)

you keep your eyes turned down,
those brilliant depths of blue
now hidden behind a wall of aches

(you deserve more)

you walk around dripping hearts
and bleeding love
and it’s so damn tragic
because your soul was meant
for something other
than this beautiful death

(you. deserve. more.)
- ashley jane

SHINE YOUR LIGHT
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February 8, 2019
 

i steep fading memories
in wildflower tea,
walk through vacant rooms
where stale air clings to my skin,
the smell of moths and medicine,
reminders
suspended above,
empty frames on amber walls
in a house filled with little more than silence
you made saying goodbye an art form,
vases full of fallen petal promises,
masterpieces inside every room,
and me,
with my own private viewing

(this museum isn’t open to the public)

- ashley jane

MOVING ON
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February 6, 2019
 

we moved between crossed fates,
your feather-light feet
trespassing into my distant black hole world
you sang your song of the sea
to the dark heart in me made for
sinking
and left the dreamer in me exposed
I don’t regret it though, dear poet
you were the last sip of freedom in a dying glass
and I was thirsty to explore

(let’s drink to getting lost)
- ashley jane

LIGHT YEARS AWAY
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February 5, 2019
 

shine-bright-shimmer,
a sharp cut of light ricocheting
off chandeliers of crystal ice,
we follow its warning,
shards of frosted ink
scrawled across the sky,
foreboding written out
in this holy silence
telling of how darkness still lingers
in the hallows from where we came
hope is fleeting,
but we will not turn back
the stars are our lighthouse,
and they will bring us through

(like hope-stained constellations)
- ashley jane

STARS
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February 4, 2019
 

we are chasing time
as it echoes through us,
a lingering resonance of reminders
blooming like desperate voices
all racing and resolute
and aching to stain the world with poetry
we tumble like falling petals
beneath a frosted sun,
no sunlight shimmer,
just the dying wisps of melancholy filled mums
twisted up and hidden within the ashes,
left on the grave of all the words
we never got to say

(we let the silence get the best of us)
- ashley jane

JULI
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February 2, 2019
 

I stood on the shore
pouring pieces of myself
into the crashing waves
and fed them to the horizon
I watched the sun burn them,
leaving only ashes and embers,
and I watched the night restore them
and turned them into stars

will you take me back there,
to that lonely coast?
I need a little reminder
that even shadows
can learn how to shine

-ashley jane

BE YOURSELF
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January 31, 2019
 

jagged lights
behind pale pearl eyes
filled with distance
and bittersweet memories

veins that sing
songs of uncertainty
and a pulse that
sometimes forgets
how to beat

she is midnight orchids
in a garden full of day lilies

she is olive and oleander
surrounded by people
who only see value
in safety rainbows
-ashley jane

WOMAN
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January 30, 2019
 

dear girl,

I watched you drape optimism
over your shoulders,
saw the way you camouflaged
that face of fear
behind insight and sunlight
and the kind of poetry
that makes the birds sing
but, there’s more to it
than pretty imaginings,
more than words
that drip sugar
from pores that taste
nothing like honey
there is one thing missing
from all those
flowery missives
and love-struck lines

where is your truth?

(show me the girl
behind the curtain)

-ashley jane

TOP WOMAN
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January 28, 2019
 

i chased an escape
but peace never came
it’s hard to find resolution
when everything
has gone numb,
when you’re suffocating,
when you’re trapped by
the weight of it all,
so sure you’re not
brave-smart-good enough
but you reminded me
how resilient we are,
how courageous we are,
how inspiring we are
and now,
i no longer need to run
- ashley jane

NEVER GIVE UP
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January 27, 2019
 

we drew a line in the darkness,
marked it with warnings
and wrapped it up in silence
don't look past it
there is no justice in its ice cold touch
there is no beauty in the way
its shadows bend the truth

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KISS KISS
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January 27, 2019
 

mischief
shines behind black eyes,
their reflection
filled with paradise

but danger hides
on the dark side of a stare,
in the first taste of
destruction found
on lips full of promises
that look like love,
in a kiss so honey sweet
you can’t taste the poison,
in a whisper
that boasts of adventure
but delivers only lies

(we fall for it every time)
-ashley Jane

HAVE FAITH
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January 26, 2019
 

i stood there
beckoning the strike,
scraping thunder
welcoming the night
while the day faded
taking the light
of an australien sun
(all rusty gold and shimmering)
i stood there
under a dusting of stars,
pictures woven
in an intricate art
(the arctic fox shines
in a black sky)
i stood there
waiting for the storm
to lead me home

(there is lightning in my bones)
- ashley jane

STRONG WOMAN
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January 26, 2019
 

change
floods in like a tidal wave,
sanity swept out
into coral seas
while we stargaze
beneath a sky
of mysteries,
the voice within the void
daring us to dive in

(close your eyes and jump)
- ashley jane

BE BRAVE
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January 21, 2019
 

split
into two halves,
a master of shadows
against angel wings
we move between,
darkness pierced
by the brightest light,
fear and mercy tied together
with vexing secrets,
shimmering white
melding with sanguine

we hide
in abandoned places
between moss and skull,
flower and bone

these clouds are our haven
but, these woods are our home

-ashley jane

DARK NIGHT
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January 24, 2019
 

I tucked your letter in my pocket,
too tired to deal with the thoughts
that flooded in whenever I read them
you spoke with such confidence
while tearing me apart
there was no affection in the lines
you wielded like weapons,
and I let them tear through me
I’m beginning to understand
you cannot hold on to all that pain,
so you give it away
but, I no longer care for your
gift-wrapped words

(I’ll mark these return to sender)
- ashley jane

NICOLE LYONS
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January 23, 2019
 

there are people who seem made
to brighten up the bad days,

those with soft hearts
who have a way of turning storms
into a rain that calms the ache

i am a snowfall soul made for winter,
but you are the sunset in spring
making me feel safe in your warmth

(you showed me the beauty of summer)

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ORANGE IT UP
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January 22, 2019
 

i saw the way your breath stopped
when their eyes devoured you
long before the crass words crossed their lips
i heard your thundering heart race
when they asked you for your name
and tried to buy you a drink
i felt your fear shiver its way down your spine,
the tension in your smile only evident
to the ones who carry the same pain
that you’ve learned to hide so well

sweet girl,
raise your voice
scream your truth to the heavens
tell your story to every soul who’ll listen
because things will never change
if we don’t let it out the ache

let our words be infinite
let the world hear every one
raise - your -voice

-ashley jane

STARS CAN'T SHINE WITHOUT DARKNESS
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January 21, 2019
 

we nourish our hearts
with peace and love
but choose to place them
in glass houses
we leave them trapped
behind walls
too easily broken,
walls cracked open
by vicious words
that only know how to
s h a t t e r
we let the bitter cold
charge in
through the cracks
it’s no wonder
that ice runs through
our veins

(frozen hearts end in shards)

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