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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
March 7, 2019
 

i asked you to give me space,
and you gave me the most luminous
night m a g i c
you’ve always known how i love constellations
how i search for them
when i am overwhelmed in a world
that is too much chaos and not enough calm
and we sat there watching
until they said their sweet goodbyes,
until they were swallowed up the sunlight
and i knew in that moment
that nothing was a waste,
all those tears and all that pain
because if it wasn’t for the shadows
i wouldn’t know the beauty of the stars
- ashley jane

ENDLESS STARS
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March 7, 2019
 

you were barrooms and bedroom eyes
filled with sweet nothing promises,
and i swallowed down your love
but couldn’t handle the burn
it left me with a black heart
and a mouth full of ashes
and now i regret the way
i let you breathe me in
because your words
left bullet wounds and bruises
all over my skin
while those whiskey lips of yours
felt just like a razor’s kiss
and i let you bleed me dry
- ashley jane

RESPECTED WOMAN
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March 6, 2019
 

rust stains
on innocent hands,
a tender sorrow washed away
by the rain,
proclaimed clean,
but the pain is still there
we were wildflowers in eden,
pristine, lovely little things
now, tragedy clings
to petals afraid of falling

sometimes,
there is beauty in the let go
hope is the wind
that will carry us home

- ashley jane

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FLORAL PASTELS
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February 27, 2018
 

rose blush skies
fading into a mauve daydream
and she is on a journey between
an orchid afternoon,
and a lavender evening,
but this hush is mulberry
tangled up in aubergine,
the perfect shade to unveil
her latest spell

she is a moon gypsy
and she speaks in shades
of violet magic

- ashley jane

FLOWER POWER
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March 4, 2019
 

we planted words
and watered them with honey,
our own little garden
of love, lies and lullabies
we watched them grow
side - by - side
we told ourselves that love would survive

it was either bloom or die

(we chose to bloom)

- ashley jane

FIND THE BEAUTY IN EVERY DAY
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March 4, 2019
 

i dipped my toes
in the promise of tomorrow,
its unexplored depths calling my name
i let its light filter in on shimmering strands
that swore to cleanse the dirt from my hands
but that ethereal glimmer
didn’t have the answers
so i let the dark speak,
its low hum whispering in the distance,
its smoky tone settling into my bones
i let its echoes guide me home

(i’ve been here ever since)

- ashley jane

MARTHA LUCIA
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February 27, 2019
 

she belongs with the wolves of winter,
a pack of restless souls bound in spirit,
their gypsy hearts beating in sync
with the rise and fall of a mystic moon
they are truth and purity housed behind
a stubborn love and piercing eyes
they are the wildflower warriors,
all brilliant beauty
with the power to see beneath
all the masks you wear

- ashley jane

WOLF IN THE COLD
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February 27, 2019
 

an elixir
like pills and nightshade,
dopamine swallowed down
with champagne,
romance and roses
sitting on broken tables,
emotional blackmail in a pretty vase
we are the vandals of our own hearts,
carefully caged in a prison
of our own creation
we are love sick
and looking for a fix
that can’t be found in a bottle

(there is no cure for this disease)

- ashley jane

LOVE IS ALL WE NEED
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February 26, 2019
 

we were the rebel youth,
the explorers,
the reckless souls running into the wild
we chased adventure
restlessly
and we found beauty in the most unusual places
we believed that we could make a difference
and we still do
- ashley jane

*Since this was written for the birthday poem challenge,
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TRAVEL, EXPLORE AND REPEAT
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February 25, 2019
 

Yet more blurs of to'ings & fro'ings,
comings & goings,
caught by insignia'ed pens stolen
from the wings of airports
that've become our lives

we travel beyond knowing,
always searching, always hoping,
writing and wandering and waiting,
but these quiet moments alone
are the ones we’ll remember most

in little pockets of enveloped peace
collected in the letters of par avion post

- ashley jane and aseawords

*breathwords and a_sea_of_words on twitter

HUG ME
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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
fifty-five reasons
I’m never looking back
- ashley jane

WHITE CLOCK
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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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