she once counted stars,
but she ended up falling
now, she is a sea queen sinking
in her own summer storm,
racing anchors to the bottom
of her mind’s deep ocean
while the lightning rages
and the rain pours

she waits for a break
to undo the ache,
and she hears the clouds part
to whisper your name

you are the space in-between,
the calming reprieve
that she desperately needs,
sharing your lungs with her
so she re-learns
how to breathe

Ashley Jane © 8/8/17

photo by Hannah Isa