Searching Shadows


scarlet fever crashing through blue veins,
ephemeral nights now crimson stained
with ruby roses and cherry leather cuffs
(the sting is a drug but it’s never enough)
and she searches for answers in the shadows,
stop motion stutter and start again,
gently tracing the map on her skin
(can you follow the path of her scars)
there’s a taste of darkness in her mercurial heart
she’s one cut away from falling apart

Words by Ashley Jane

Art by Harumi Hironaka

These Words

Julia S./Shanonaut – Deviant Art

There is only me,
and these words are my missing piece
to quell the ache
that lies within,
to fuel the fire
and fall in love again

There is only me,
and these words rekindle dreams
and repair my soul
making me whole
and calm the rain
and the lingering pain

There is only me
and these words are my connection,
my mirrored heart,
my true reflection,
the guiding hand
for my master plan

There is only me,
and these words have become my sanity

Breath of Words© 2/21/17

We’ll Carry On


We don’t talk anymore,
our words are choked
by these heartbreaking tragedies
Too much lingers here unknown
There is an ache deep in our bones

Television spills
such disturbing news
but we just can’t turn away
Fear is leaving us cold
There is such sadness
in our soul
And I’m afraid
that love isn’t enough
to rebuild the hope
that there once was
This lonely place is not a home
and this new world
is not our own

But, we’ll carry on

Breath of Words© 2/20/17