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

i am under her spell.

i watched her

waking from hibernation,

neither ghost nor girl

but hovering somewhere in between,

a born wildflower drifting

so i taught her

to dance in rays of sunlight,

to run beneath the rain

and now,

she is anointed with energy,

illuminated from within

she goes up in flames

and emerges with wings

she becomes the magic

that keeps me wild

– ashley jane

we’ll all revel in the blaze

i watched her rise
from the ashes you left her in
dressed in golden stars,
adornments plucked from the heavens
she wears them like war paint,
a firewalker fueled by the power
of a thousand suns,
a heat aching to ignite
i call her phoenix
and one day,
she’ll burn your world down 

– ashley jane