Woman

IMG_8446

you make up rules
and expect her to follow,
but she is most striking
untamed
unfiltered
untethered

you try to hold her back
but, she moves through
the darkest nights
with courage
with power
with faith

you don’t understand her,
the way she shines
even when hope is scarce

you want to control her
…but, she is a woman
who knows her own strength

Breath of Words© 7/30/17

phpto by James Bort

The Art of Drowning

IMG_5743

I have always
been drawn to water,
the allure of being clean,
as if one dip beneath the surface
will wash all my cares away
I just hover,
lost in the fading colors
as depths rise,
no more crowded rooms
filled with empty conversation,
just sweet silence
it makes it easy to surrender,
an effortless glide
into
the
deep

Breath of a Words© 7/27/17

photo: Nicholas Javed

 

Drink Deep

IMG_8460.JPG

there is something about a storm
that’s always soothed my soul,
the way the sky is falling
and the wind is calling,
the way the thunder echoes

others feast on liquid sunshine
and timid turquoise skies,
but I like the power of the night,
the amazing way it creates beauty
while the world sleeps

IMG_8459

so that when daylight comes,
awakening the ocean waves
and the remnants of darkness
fade away,

that is what makes my heart beat
so I drink deep

Breath of Words© 7/31/17

photo not mine. contact for credit or removal.

Bring Me Home

IMG_8456

I sometimes bottle things up,
pretend it’s okay
I leave feelings unclaimed
because I always thought
it was better that way
(they try, but people
don’t always understand)

but, here you are,
offering more,
shouldering the bad day,
the pulse of pain
that lurks deep within
(you make my scarlet heart
want to beat again)
so I breathe you in

people move mountains,
over the sound of a kiss
and soul searching eyes

you bring me home with yours

Breath of Words© 7/30/17

photo by Sara Herranz

Made to Drown

IMG_7570

I tried
bridging the shores,
tried plotting our course,
two different souls
going wherever the wind blows

but my survival was tied
to a sinking ship,
your bloodthirsty words
leaving my defenses
slashed to ribbons

So, I learned that some structures
are made to come tumbling down,
all that was left
now floating with death

I guess some hearts were made to drown

Breath of Words© 7/18/17

photo: Mikael Also

Flicker and Fade

IMG_7964

I’ve been stirring the depths,
those dark recesses
and shadowed halls,
moody blue rooms
with empty walls

IMG_7941
And some days,
I’m more flicker and fade,
rainbow tears
becoming shades of gray,
colors breaking,
embraced by the night,
now swallowing up the light
hollowness
slowly settling in,
leaving a pressing ache
beneath my skin
that demands
to be alone

the dark side of depression
is making hell
into its home

Breath of Words/Ashley Jane© 6/26/17

Top photo: Agnes Cecile / Lower photo: Zest

Kilig

 

We wove mystery
and melancholy,
dovetails
and daydreams,
got lost in the mountains,
found ourselves
by the sea
We made love to the moon,
let the dawn be our muse,
our hearts tethered
to their magical glow,
to the secrets they hold,
the brilliant mystique
just out of reach
of our wanderlust souls
We chased after something
we didn’t know,
the shine,
the thrill,
that certain something
we just had to
feel

Breath of Words© 6/23/17

photo by Bryan Castillo

Love Bombed

IMG_7781

I sipped slow
on your elixir of pretty words,
let them melt like candy
on my tongue,
bombarded with the pleasure
of your warmth,
your sun-kissed seduction,
swayed by your charm
and flooded with your flattery
(overwhelmed, just how
you wanted me to be)
But, the heat soon turned to ice
and I stood there frozen,
your claws digging deep
while you reveled in
a derailing destruction,
the old pleasure vanishing
within my puzzle box heart,
buttoned up and locked
(though you certainly tried
to tear it apart)

Now,
I’ve re-stitched it together
with sweetgrass and sage,
made it stronger,
cleansed the air of your name,
an allegory of faith
and a story of strength
held firmly within its walls

Breath of Words©

Photo: Annie Reha