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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
May 23, 2020
 

we are all elegant fury
and dismantled dreams
we rage
against a broken system,
caged birds kept behind
manmade borders
we sought the gardens
of tomorrow
and found ourselves bound
to the mistakes of yesterday,
unwilling accomplices
in the age of imposters
and now, we are addicted
to prozac promises and xanax lies
because we can’t swallow
the bitter truth
that change will never happen
if we can’t break free
- ashley jane

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FIND PEACE
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May 23, 2020
 

i’ve always been fascinated
by the kind of art others don’t appreciate,
the poetry etched in haste on the bathroom stall,
the graffiti scrawled on passing train cars
i suppose i love the abstract, the undefined,
the stuff we share thinking no one will notice
(but still hoping they will)
we shed layers of pain with ink and paint
baring the real ness that lies underneath it all
there is so much power in the words we never said
because we were too afraid of being judged
that’s when we put our heart and soul on exhibit
behind the grit and grime
truth runs free
- ashley jane

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KALEIDOSCOPE
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April 29, 2020
 

blue skies dressed in bitter violet

in a bit of lightning known for burning it down

in a raging hurricane that parts the sea

in wild winds that watch us drown

- ashley jane

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HOPE BATEMAN
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April 29, 2020
 

the windows are open,
cold air winding through,
taking with it the last days of autumn
and ushering in the arrival
of the first snow
blackbird is playing
on the radio,
the foo fighters version
i was never a fan of the way
the beatles sounded,
but the lyrics are good
the night is all lush darkness,
and i am watching crystalline flakes
decorate deep sapphire skies,
counting each one fall,
procrastinating sleep again,
too many haunting dreams
and the dream catcher
above my bed
hasn’t worked in ages
but i suppose
there are far worse ways to waste time
than entranced
by nature’s midnight magic
- ashley jane

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BLIZZARD
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April 25, 2020
 

i scaled the stars,
rested beneath their celestial fabric
i waited with the mourning moon
until daylight painted us both
in colors of change
until we were both bathed
in an ephemeral shine
- ashley jane

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SHINE YOUR LIGHT
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April 21, 2020
 

hearts can be such pretty fools,

always courting madness

and trying to make a home

in abandoned spaces

filled with unloved bones

- ashley jane

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HEARTBREAK
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April 21, 2020
 

hope lives here
in the still reflection
of these flood waters,
oceans of poetry
bathed in the golden light
of all of our collective suns

(we are not alone)

- ashley jane

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I BELIEVE IN YOU
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April 17, 2020
 

the trees are dressed
in winter,
abandoned pieces
left behind,
fine spider lace
and skeleton leaves
and something heavy
hanging in the air
quickly comes the night
its silent embrace feels
too much like your own,
leaving me to crave
not the warmth,
but your bitter cold,
an inexplicable need
to freeze
even though
my heart knows better
perhaps
you still hover here,
a ghost named near
when all you should be
is d i s t a n t
you are a revenant,
a soft shadow
stripping away the light
i write sonnets
in your darkness,
the gospel
according to grief,
a daily devotional
of haunting memories
while sadness clings
to bones that ache
these words
are all that remain
- ashley jane

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FROSTED TREES
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December 21, 2019
 

i left a paper trail of poetry,
a path for you to follow
when you finally decided
that you needed me after all,
whispers in the dark
that would guide you to my heart
looking back,
i should’ve known
that my words would never be enough
see, i’d been screaming for years,
waiting for you to listen,
holding on to the hope that one day
you’d remember
how good we had it
but fickle fate had other plans
somewhere along the way
i realized it wasn’t you
that was lost
it was me

- ashley jane

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HOPE BATEMAN
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April 17, 2020
 

we watched the sky,
saw the clouds paint it black,
a breath of foreboding
staining a canvas
that was once covered
in a million shades of blue
there is a storm on the horizon
and we are becoming something new,
dark light meets white shadow
do you feel these winds of change?
do you hear them call your name?
the days are longer now,
that the sunshine has gone
we used to bathe in holy water,
but now our heavy hearts
sink like stones
we are tempest tossed,
wandering lost
with no lighthouse to guide us
home
- ashley jane

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NEVERENDING HALLWAY
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March 31, 2020
 

we tried to capture time in a bottle
we thought we could rake up all our past lives,
practice some secret spell
to only keep the parts we liked,
in a sad attempt to avert change
we thought, maybe, just maybe
we could tilt the scales in our favor
but life doesn’t work that way
you cannot cage a hurricane
anymore than you can stop leaves from falling
the color red will never be grass green,
and you and me,
we were definitely
bright, screaming, danger ahead red
we keep waiting for the moon to return
to a land that only knows the sun’s fire,
and we were already made to burn
we want so much
to be the moonglade on dark waters
but we are the storm trapped inside the blaze
and you just cannot conta...

HEARTBREAK
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March 23, 2020
 

sunshine blooms like spring flowers
obscuring the sorrow that floats
like ghosts in the gale
it tastes heartfelt,
like kisses on sunday,
like the hint of warmth in the softest sigh
- ashley jane

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SIMPLICITY DAY
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March 22, 2020
 

i called him
a white knight,
this golden god
with a tongue full of lies
masquerading as promises
he was more
pretty parasite
than beautiful beast,
more monster
than magical being
he had eyes made of smoke and mirrors,
and a kiss that tasted like truth
he dressed in shades of night,
all obsidian and opal skies
but lurking beneath
was a devouring dark,
the kind that swallows up
silver star hearts
like mine
and i was fooled
every single time

(but never again)

- ashley jane

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INKTOBER: ANNA
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March 9, 2020
 

hope flies
on the tears of a petal
on the wings of freed stars
on white floating feathers
on the merest of breaths
hope unites
with bridges over troubled waters
with words that speak peace
with texture and tone and truth and time
with speechless wonder spilling majesty
hope sings
a golden song of light in dark places
a melodious tune to cast away the weary blues
like the wind winding through the trees
like birds basking in the glory of a new dawn
- ashley jane

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SIMPLICITY DAY
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March 5, 2020
 

the quiet warnings i ignored. the ticking time bomb
in your hearts beat, one wrong look from exploding —
these are the things we don’t talk about.
the fleeting moments of something we pretended
was joy, quickly masked by your madness. (i let you
call it passion, but your version was always more
danger than divine.) the forgotten words whispered
through the cracks of the night. the ones that steal
the silence now, though we still don’t utter them out loud.
the i’m sorry calls that never came. the pretty mirage
i had to create: the fake flowers, the lies sold as poetry
because who wants to read another paragraph of
pitiful-poor me-prose. we keep the ugly hidden, stick
to the light because we we...

INKTOBER: ANNA
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March 4, 2020
 

we capture this dangerous disquiet,
silence it,
slip with it into the saudade
but it only takes one
small thing
and the heart seams tear,
leaving us to run
right back into the hands
of this loud, illogical love
- ashley jane

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RETRO LOVE
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February 24, 2020
 

these lines
pour out in abundance
hands that speak volumes
writing
heavy, selfish lines
of paperweight poems
while i cling to
remnants
of what’s been left behind
the anchor pulling me down
with whispers of loneliness
and pieces of the past
crumbling eloquently
into ink
rivers of words
once unseen
now
spilling
spilling
into this
an oasis
and above
the sun begins to shine
through the rain
the air is cool
the birds sing
the forest listens
and i
am learning to love myself
to appreciate the small things
to accept what cannot change
sometimes pain
is the cost of healing
but maybe happiness
is the reward
- ashley jane

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SIMPLICITY DAY
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February 20, 2020
 

i am tired of time and tide
leaving disaster to erode the soil of my shore
i am tired of writing letters to people
who swear they’ll do better, be better
i want a march of voices screaming for change
i want a roar that incites revolution
- ashley jane

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FREEDOM
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February 20, 2020
 

stellar,
a gale of embers swept across the sky,
showers of gold flames scrawling our names
we are the constant dark,
the space between the stars,
indigo and iris ignited by silver flames
- ashley jane

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SIMPLICITY DAY
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February 14, 2020
 

we sip on spilled tea,
chamomile and calendula
laced with the bitter leaves
of yesterday’s drama
told on repeat,
a potent potion
of transparent truths
served in a crystal glass
(we dress it up fancy, you know)
we choke it down
and chase it
with a bit of
lighthearted talk
about the weather
and the latest season of AHS
(we should’ve just stuck to tequila)
- ashley jane

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I NEED A DRINK
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February 14, 2020
 

the sky is a jeweled canvas,
flecks of magic within a sea of black
i feel the cool touch of autumn
making its home in my abandoned bones,
and i can breathe once more
- ashley jane

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STARS
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February 11, 2020
 

behind closed doors,
i disappear
if sleep came knocking,
he would not find me here
this aching abyss
is no place for dreams
only pieces
of broken bones and memories
i struggle to reside
in a place where thoughts collide:
struggle and yearning,
reveling in the past,
in what we were ages before
when we thought we knew it all,
when all we knew was nothing,
endless torture battling with a need
to relive e v e r y t h i n g
i draw a line in the sand,
take shelter in the silence
they said the heart cannot miss
what it does not remember
so in defiance
far overdue
i shattered the parts
that were stained with you

- ashley jane

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THE DOOR IS OPEN
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February 5, 2020
 

sorrow
is carried in these uneven breaths
i gasp
but there is no exhale
because it sits within
all the words i kept inside
in every single last goodbye,
even the ones long forgotten

sorrow
is carried in the shadows
creeping up my spine,
i wait
and they come calling
just past midnight,
far too many ghosts
for one heart to hold
but no crosses or candles or incense
can bury a soul-deep ache

sorrow
is carried within the flecks of wishes,
the ones unheard,
a trail stardust left behind
it settles into the ground
and i hope
something new will bloom
when the sun brings a new season,

but sorrow says
‘forget-me-not’

- ashley jane

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WOMAN
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February 5, 2020
 

earth hovers
in a galaxy of goddesses
saturn dresses in iris rings
neptune is wrapped in waves
of amber and amethyst
venus descends,
february stars shimmering
like pearls in her hair
and we are
enchanted,
two hearts in the snow
we revel in the beautiful cold,
in the light of a full moon,
in showers of pure magic
the world is falling together
mercifully
and so are we
- ashley jane

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ENDLESS STARS
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January 25, 2020
 

there are leaves
spilling from my teacup
they caress my mind,
a sip of burdock and a hint of lime
i am somewhere between dreams
it’s all fire and ice and glass trees
i bend the spine and climb,
my dark heart reaching for sunlight
but the frost snaps
and the earth burns
and the clouds are made of ash
and i can’t see through
this black and white
this beginning of ends
the wind sings a sundown song
but there is nothing delicate
in its reminder
in its sound
the world
is rapidly wearing out
i
am rapidly wearing out
we
will
soon
fade
away
- ashley jane

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SUNSET PEAKS
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January 24, 2020
 

lightning strikes
the soul of her sorrow,
and down she drifts,
a beautiful mind
with a heart like an anchor
i watched her
swept up in the storm,
carried away by a waterfall of worry
her eyes once shined
like copper rings ignited by the sun itself,
but the light went out with the sinking
i keep finding myself
searching these waves of uncertainty,
waiting for her to reappear
you tell me it’s foolish
but i know the tides are changing
and soon she will rise from the depths
because mermaids always find their way
back to the surface

HORIZON
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January 22, 2020
 

i feast on winter’s savagery,
relish in each spot of cold perfection,
wrap myself up in the shadows it brings,
lush velvet darkness filled with fragile magic
that knows how to turn blood to beauty,
how to turn bones to ashes
i host a fiery funeral in the fog
where the ghosts let me set things ablaze
i light the pyre with sparklers and goodbyes
and burn away your name
i whisper spells and secrets
to a million desert stars
as they shoot across the sky
and then
it’s finally time to begin again
i breathe in every crisp wind
and watch the sunlight paint the night

- ashley jane

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BLIZZARD
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January 19, 2020
 

i watched you purify your world
with your lavender and sage,
the way you’d create your own
little secluded sanctuary,
secure in this piece of peace you’d made
you sip your chamomile tea and ask me
how i survive all the chaos
and i want to tell you how i hate it,
but if i am honest,
i don’t really know what to do
when everything is calm
you hold so strongly to your beliefs
but I don’t know how to be sure of anything,
so i cling to doubt and faith alike
you assume that i am stubborn and restless,
but it’s more that
i don’t know how to feel when i am still,
so i am always running away
from anything that demands certainty
i burn bridges because
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BE ONE
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January 19, 2020
 

do you remember
those summers down by the lake?
friendships kindled with kept secrets
and the help of fruity drinks, a straw and umbrella
we’d sit for hours under the sun,
watch it slip over the horizon
so the starlight could shine
these days,
you’ll often find me lost in thought,
caught up in the nostalgia,
daydreaming of a place
that doesn’t really exists anymore,
of the people we once were
home still tastes like dark rum and apricot
it still sounds like laughter and loud music
but how do you find something
that’s been lost for years?

- ashley jane

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January 18, 2020
 

i hang dahlias by the entrance
i plant mums in the cemetery dirt
i put the irises and lilies
in a vase by the window
but i rise with violets in my eyes
i was born from their petals of promise
- ashley jane

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CELEBRATE EVERY TINY VICTORY
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