step into the fire.

a decade descends

into yesterday’s ashes,

minutes moving rapidly

despite the debris

you say we must push forward,

that the lesson is in the journey,

that each second brings clarity

even when the dawn is gray

and smoke-stained

because time is a phoenix

but i am not quite ready

to rise from the flames

i am still wandering

down the same empty halls,

lost in this liminal space

while you stand without fear

in the fire of tomorrow

ready to be remade by the blaze

(i’m still struggling

to get through today)

– ashley jane