i seek to stay far from where you are.

i once liked roses,

but you reminded me

that they have thorns

and that honeyed lines

carry a hidden sting

you’re all poison and pearl,

the cold caress

of pretty words that bite,

a kiss of the abyss

with no love in sight

and i

found freedom

in my own soul shimmer,

all waterfall wonder

and gemstone glimmer

i am a forest fire light,

a full moon magic

that swallowed up

your pitch black night

(my heart is filled

with sunflowers and fireflies,

and i sleep amidst the stars)

– ashley jane

Daunting Nights

She pricked her finger on the spindle of your thorns,
fell prisoner to your irascible temper and lying eyes,
the jewel in your own vainglorious crown,
locked up behind the rage of daunting nights
She felt you reach out for her to hold your mad hands
as if to save her from this soul numbing ache,
but there was no hope for resurrection,
no rescue from the shadows of an inevitable fate
She is a darkling left bereft with no more goodbyes,
left drowning in your poisoned petals of madness and spite

words by Ashley Jane©️

art by Glam Beckett