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

No Regrets


You were there and gone,
never staying long,
You were like a dream
that I slept through, except I knew.
You changed me from something
innocent into this, with one kiss.
And I thought
that you would be the one
who set me free.
You taught me so many things,
both good and bad.
You made me
happy and sad with your
reluctant goodbyes.
I never knew if you’d be gone for good.
I wasn’t sure what you needed.
I misunderstood.
But I can’t complain or say mean things,
because despite the highs and lows,
you taught me a different kind of love,
a different way of living,
and for that I’ll always be grateful.
You were the darkness
I needed to hide in
when my world fell apart.
No matter how much you
broke my heart,
you’ll always be a part of it, a part of me.

Breath of Words© 4/2007

(originally posted elsewhere)