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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
June 19, 2019
 

primrose
and plum stained lips
kissing prints
on wayward hearts,
chipped polish in a shade
called leather and lust
worn on nails
cut perfect for leaving marks,
both made to distract
from the fact
that she hasn’t slept in days,
that the electricity
that once ran wild in her veins
doesn’t spark like it used to,
that she doesn’t sparkle
like she used to
there’s too much fury
tangled within her tenderness,
too much melancholy
bringing her down,
too much ’too much’
pressing
like a weight on her chest
that can’t be lifted
with whiskey
and warm bodies
offering one night stands
but it won’t stop her from trying
it won’t stop her from playing with fire
some lessons can only be learned
from the cras...

MY TIME
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June 18, 2019
 

J -

you taught me that it was okay
to not always be o k a y,
that there are people
who won’t run on the days
when i am exhausted and hurting
and way too hard to deal with
you’ve held my hand
for over twenty years,
and you are still holding on

thank you. i love you, always.

- A

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LOVE IN A JAR
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June 18, 2019
 

these delicate wings
beat with persuasive power,
fireflies turning night’s somber tone
into the softest glow
we dance on the fringe,
bathed in their forest of light
- ashley jane

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THE SUN WILL SHINE
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June 11, 2019
 

you are made
of air and water and poetry,
of paper moon breaths
painted in pitch black ink
you are the undertow
carrying me out to sea,
and i will happily give up
my safety on the shoreline
for the chance
to sink into your deep
- ashley jane

CAVE
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June 11, 2019
 

i run with wolves,
warriors with softly resilient hearts
i hold hands with heroes,
my hesitant fingers bound in theirs
because they give me the strength
to rise above the fire,
to run among the pines,
to break glass ceilings
they teach me how to be patient
they show me how to be
brave
- ashley jane

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WOLF
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June 11, 2019
 

we watched
a kaleidoscope of butterflies
painting the day
in sunshine and crisp blues,
the evening cardinals
adding in strokes of falu
but it was the owls
and the blackbirds
who won our hearts
with the wanton way
they illustrated the night
- ashley jane

MYSTERY OWL
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June 8, 2019
 

i am impatient,
a quick bright-bold-burn,
sparks that go boom
without warning
but you,
you are slow-lit cigarettes
that smolder in dark corners
waiting
waiting
waiting
to become a forest fire
- ashley jane

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LONE SOULS
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June 8, 2019
 

do you remember the way we were that summer?
whispering winds touching bare skin while we explored,
wide-eyed tourists playing pretend in another country
we listened to palm tree lullabies under rainy night skies
and watched the turtles shuffle back into the sea
days were endless, and so were we
- ashley jane

SUMMER IS AN ADVENTURE
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June 4, 2019
 

i stood beneath a shivering sunset,
wrapped in the soft brutality of its fading light
i listened to the night life heralding the coming stars,
and i remembered all the wishes we’d made
from cold balconies on lonely evenings,
all the promises that were whispered
even though we knew they’d go unkept
we were always experts at predicting endings,
yet somehow,
we couldn’t foresee our own
i stayed there until morning,
on the balcony,
without you this time,
and i watched a peek of color
paint the cityscape in shades of day,
and it was if i were seeing dawn for the first time
i suppose i spent so many sunsets with you
that i’d never noticed how beautiful
sunrises could be
- ashley jane

SYMBOL OF FREEDOM
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June 4, 2019
 

cloudy skies filled
with a purple daze haze,
feet planted firmly in the dewy sand,
my heart lives
within the mellifluous sound
of waves crashing against the shore
there are no words
to describe this divinity
- ashley jane

START WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
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June 4, 2019
 

we soaked up the sunlit bliss,
floating like mermaids
while the ocean slept
but magic is born
beneath emerald starlight
we follow the midnight moonwake
and dance in the trident’s flame
- ashley jane

E
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May 30, 2019
 

i spent hours
beneath the rain
collecting seashells,
wandering the shore,
this mind of mine
lost in its own world
i fed the sea memories,
silent songs
of this saudade
in my veins
i watched the previous day
get washed away
by the waves,
so many lost hours
swept out to sea
i stayed as the morning air
became the evening breeze,
the skies still spilling down
in a fine mist
and finally,
i felt
cleansed
- ashley jane

NEVER LOOK BACK
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May 30, 2019
 

her skies are dressed
in sweet oblivion
and raining down
catastrophes
you swore you could
withstand her storm
but you seem to have
underestimated
the force of her nature
- ashley jane

FIERCE
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May 28, 2019
 

i wake on sheets
as soft as flower petals,
tulips and tiger lilies
pressed against bare skin
the day tastes like
orange blossom and amaretto,
sunbrushed summer
exploding on my tongue
and there is no waiting for love
see,
i prayed for heaven,
and it was delivered,
all warm skin and familiar eyes
and i
am high on the type of serene
that can’t be found in a bottle,
a moonstruck mellow only found
under midnight silver skies
painted by hands that speak
the language of devotion
and together,
we dance under a rain of poetry,
the clouds spilling sonnets
of two lovers
kissed by an ethereal grace
- ashley jane

CHIRAYU 5
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May 23, 2019
 

we roamed hallways,
strolled through
the gardens
and conservatories,
explored chambers
decorated in small talk
but i wanted to know
what was at your core
how do i know
you can guard
my heart properly
when i don’t know
what lies
within your walls
- ashley jane

NEVERENDING HALLWAY
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May 23, 2019
 

sunlight-soul-shine
painted on skin,
a cosmic creature
tattooed in starlight,
she’s all mermaid shimmer
and dragon scales,
the bearer of
an all-knowing glowing
magic echoes
between her heartbeats
- ashley jane

WHITE CLOCK
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May 22, 2019
 

i stood beneath a shivering sunset,
wrapped in the soft brutality of its fading light
i listened to the night life heralding the coming stars,
and i remembered all the wishes we’d made
from cold balconies on lonely evenings,
all the promises that were whispered
even though we knew they’d go unkept
we were always experts at predicting endings,
yet somehow,
we couldn’t foresee our own
i stayed there until morning,
on the balcony,
without you this time
i watched a peek of color
paint the cityscape in shades of day,
and it was if i were seeing dawn for the first time
i suppose i spent so many sunsets with you
that i’d never noticed how beautiful
sunrises could be
- ashley jane

SUNSET PEAKS
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May 22, 2019
 

citrus, salt, tequila fresca —
flavors that remind me of you,
of blue sea days and purple dreams,
of music and nights carrying a touch of magic,
of a winter heart that felt just like summer
- ashley jane

SUMMER LOVIN
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May 21, 2019
 

mother nature
spoke to us,
our palms pressed
into the soil,
the trees
whispering praises
to her majesty
we knelt
under a jade moon,
and let the earth
feed us her wisdom
- ashley jane

MARTHA LUCIA
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May 20, 2019
 

i was gone
long before
you noticed,
drifting beyond
your lonely
lighthouse shine
i refused
to be another casualty
of your raging storms,
your lightning strikes
creating
seaglass memories,
proof that
there is still strength
and beauty
in these bones
- ashley jane

LIGHT TOWER
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May 16, 2019
 

we were never good
at letting go of things,
the ache within us
craving a fleeting feeling
we are one dare away
from destruction,
refusing to give up
on the only thing
that ever set
our hearts on fire
- ashley jane

FOLLOW YOUR HEART
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May 16, 2019
 

it’s funny, the things remembered most.
too often, i exist in a dream-like state, pictures flooding in because some song on the radio insisted that i hadn’t reminisced in far too long. like, the way hank williams songs remind me of learning to drive a stick shift in the pasture behind my great grandparent’s house. or how when incubus plays i’m taken back to that night in the biting wind when we stood against the stage and sang our hearts out to every song. or like whenever strawberry wine comes on the radio, i suddenly find myself under coral skies, moments falling like petals from dandelions.
memories echo in every line
and i get lost in them every single time
- ashley jane

VINYL
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May 13, 2019
 

we watched
the birds soar,
convinced that
spirit moved them
because only
something holy
could ease
the ache
we’ve been carrying,
only the divine
could turn this pain
into poetry
- ashley jane

WILD FLYING PARROT
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May 12, 2019
 

i held her hand,‬
‪or maybe she held mine,‬
‪and we watched the waves crash‬
‪and listened to the thunder‬
‪she always taught me ‬
‪that beneath the surface of the storm‬
‪is where i’ll find truth and beauty and hope‬
‪and she has never led me astray‬
- ashley jane

(happy mother’s day, mom)

ENJOY LIFE TOGETHER
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May 9, 2019
 

they call her moon child,
the girl with a midnight soul
and an anxious heart
she listens to their soft hum music
as they sing songs to the forest trees
about all her phases,
the way she moves between
new moon voodoo and full moon magic,
the way she knows all your secrets,
holding them in the folds and creases
of shadows that grace her surface,
the way she fades from sight
just long enough for you to miss her
they immortalize her in lyrics,
writing them into constellations
and spreading them across the sky
- ashley jane

READY TO SLEEP
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May 7, 2019
 

brew up something beautiful

dip your soul into liquid gold,

and paint your heart into the sky

because you are a girl on fire

and virago runs through your veins

- ashley jane

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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
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May 7, 2019
 

when the light is just right,

twilight dances beneath your skin

i pan for gold and find stars,

dazzling-rutilant-iridescence,

faith glimmering through the gray

- ashley jane

BE THE SPARK IN YOU
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May 6, 2019
 

time travels on sea breeze and salted air,

across the wingspan of her worry

it blazes like a burning sun within her veins,

trespassing with the crinkles and folds

making its home within her bones

- ashley jane

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SUNSHINE
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May 6, 2019
 

everyone has secrets
hers are buried in fields
where buttercups weep
because the sun
hasn’t graced their faces
in far too long

everyone has stories
hers bloom along
the lonely river,
beside the winding road,
on a path of stardust
lined in daisies and dandelions

everyone has scars
hers are nestled within
the clouds’ subtle sighs,
softened by the moon’s kisses
and the sky’s embrace
guarded by a touch of magic

everyone has something
they keep hidden away
she just hides hers
with beautiful things

- ashley jane

FOLLOW YOUR HEART
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May 4, 2019
 

she is a renaissance,

a breathtaking awakening

she spills peace

down the curve of the moon,

walks through the ashes

of an anxious mind

and rises with a spine

as strong as stone

- ashley jane

STRONG
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