she had wise eyes,

but she wasn’t one for sharing wisdom,

so certain that it was vital

you make your own mistakes

she gave birth, not life,

a house, but never a home

and so you learned

how to burn

when it’s cold and you’re alone

and you learned about starting over

when all you want to do is quit

you learned when to remember

and when to forget

and how to hold on when you want to let go

(I think that was the most important lesson of all)

– ashley jane