Love Bombed

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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

 

My Letter To You

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They tell you to be calm,
to be pretty,
to be strong
as if your chest can just stop pounding,
as if they don’t know that pretty hurts,
as if you can keep building yourself up
while your mind pushes you back down

They assume that your broken heart
can simply mend on its own,
that daylight can heal
your blackbird soul,
that the silent wolf
that prowls under your skin
understands what it means
to begin again

And, I can hear the fear
in your shaky voice,
the faded whispers of worry
still hanging in the air
But, love, they just don’t see –
you are already all of those things
and so much more

Breath of Words© 6/4/17

photo: Katia Chaushev

 

War in Color

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We waged war in shades of burgundy,
passion stained,
our souls enraged
We painted madness across the page,
begging for you to read
our crimson ink

As it flowed from swords
Shaped like pens
Scoring a tale
That pierced hearts pale
From ruby red
To an orange that bled

We etched our name
into the amber sun
and pierced the night
with an ivory light,
our hearts contained
in the golden flames

Like fire from the maw
Of an emerald scaled dragon
That swept cross a country
Burning his enemies &
The land all around

We watched it all
come tumbling down,
turquoise seas and azure skies
wiped away by dark midnight,
the world we knew
blanketed in cobalt blue

The darkening palette
eating up colours
as shadowy truths
clouded the light
revealing indigo hues
in which we might hide

We folded ourselves
into the deep violet skies,
while words spilled out
in the blackest slate,
our lives rearranged
by shades of gloomy gray

Breath of Words© and Sea Words©

Photo: Annalie Solice

Wild Horses

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We were always
so good at running,
trading morning glories
for lavender nights,
whiskey sunsets
for a tequila sunrise
in a misguided attempt
to save others from us
We made a new home
out of back seats
and bar stools
and blue highways,
always one breath away
from being convinced
that, maybe, we could stay

But, we were never meant
for one place,
our hearts too much
like wild horses,
and running
was in our veins

Breath of Words© 5/6/17

photo by Sammy Frazier

Gone Girl

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I find myself swallowed
in the low rumble,
the way the earth seems to move
whenever you wish it
while I stand here trapped
by wisps and trails,
storm cloud cages
around a melancholy heart

I’ve started to lose track
of what’s real anymore,
my chest pounding in tune
to your rampant roar,
and these dreams try to trick
and make me believe
I know you look,
but you don’t see
And, your melody
isn’t really for me
(It isn’t, is it?)
No…
We’re just a long gone memory

Breath of Words© 4/27/17

photo by Kevin Radley

Midnight Black

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She whispers in abstract,
shades of midnight black
and questions that remain,
persisting thoughts
that will not wait,
not always welcome
or logical,
rarely methodical,
never as love notes
or the soft touch of sin
But, nonetheless,
she is lost in them,
the way they flutter within,
these nameless, faceless
moments of time
that steal her breath,
beating within her chest,
a vault full of memories,
escaping
free

Breath of Words© 4/26/17

photo by Arianna Ceccarelli

For Always

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There’s been too much
bittersweet,
our minds chasing problems
instead of holding on to each other

One day,
we’ll have time
to soak up the good,
moments spent loving
these hearts of ours
so concerned with comforting
We’ll watch suns set
and moons rise,
talk about all the good
in this darling life

Until then,
I’ll wish on stars and love songs,
while holding onto trust
and the sweet kiss of faith

And, we’ll burn bright,
you with me,
for always

Breath of Words© 4/24/17

photo: Felicia Simon

Fernweh

 

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She chases the messenger

in a sky full of stars,

explores forests

just like the one

etched on her heart

Kismet chaos stains

her curious lips,

and wild dreams linger

on her fingertips

as faraway places

softly call out her name,

whispering of

a sweet madness

that can’t be tamed

She’s hellbent on knowing,

her eyes brightly glowing

while a wondering wanderlust

screams through her veins

She’s lost in the call

of this burning fernweh

Breath of Words© 4/23/17

top photo: Federico Bebber

lower photo: Further Bound

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Lingering Demons

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I know we all have demons
You’re mine,
with your clouded soul
all bound in smoke
and your penchant
for diving into the dark
We are two halves
of a melancholy heart
that together are dangerous,
but still
I find myself struggling
to fall asleep,
caught between these dreams,
feeling the press
of your absence,
despite the fact
that your ghost
still lingers on,
a silent shadow
haunting me from
those old songs,
each one seasoned
with your memory

Breath of Words© 4/21/17

photo by Jared Tyler

Just Breathe

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We are all in pieces,
plagued by moments
where we long to escape,
seeking to rise above
the radiating ache,
all while holding too tightly
to our own despair,
too prideful to share,
pain evoked by silence
as we continue to ignore
the beautiful color
outside of our
sepia stained world,
far away from peace
and unable to see
that all we need to do
is look up

and breathe

Breath of Words© 4/21/17

photo by Magdalena Lutek (Nishe)