Back.

My wildest dream just came true. It didn’t fall into my lap from the stars I’ve been whispering my wishes to. I worked hard and I fell. I researched and I failed. I gave my all and finally, it’s my time to exhale.

One percent get to put on that purple dress and fly across hundreds of skies. One percent are picked to be the elite, the ones who have done more than just tried.

My wildest dream is in my pocket and I am the one who made it happen.

But with this dream I’m losing him.

I can’t have both, he says, it’s too much distance.

So part of me is a tempest, guttural whoops into the world. I did it. I made it. I’m the victor all on my own.

The rest of me is demolished forests and splinters forced in on ribs. Useless woods that grew for us, flourishing in the winter. You say my forest can’t shelter us. I guess it’s just a pile of ash and dust.

I have two dreams and one of them is being taken from me. Where do I put my heart when it’s handed back to me?

Jump.

Jump into the abyss and know you’ve spent years properly exercising your wings.

Jump from that highest cliff that seems as if it’s meant to break you. Just know the holes in your wings have been sewn back up, that you’ve prepared for skies that are rough. Know that you are brave and no one can take that away.

A “no,” feels like the ground came up to meet you faster than you expected. Like you were so sure you were soaring and never saw those rocks ready for the kill. Ready to take your dreams and bury them as if they were never real.

Just jump. You are a beautiful winged thing. Made to fly, leave the ground, the most natural thing.

The spells you’ve cast and the cards you’ve pulled have only relayed what you already knew. This is the time, the moment, this is for you.

Know you have prepared your once feeble wings for this monstrous thing. You will fly, you will make it, this moment is mine.

Love.

You deserve a wild love that tangles fingers in your dark brown hair.

You deserve bare skin, grinning with wine stained lips and the kisses that include his beard.

You deserve the truth and all things fair. You deserve those long sighs he gives you on his navy blue sheets. You deserve those clammy hand holds through December streets.

You deserve freezing nights starring up at all the stars while he lets you name them and tell their stories as if they were ours.

You deserve coffee soaked tongues that find each other before the coffee is done.

You deserve this love. You deserve this calm. You deserve this love you’ve been dreaming of.

Universe.

It’s heavy carrying all of the stars inside all of this darkness. It’s heavy to hold up the Sun and to still cradle the Moon. It’s quite a task being an entire universe, too.

My weary sky paints the darkness each and every night. Indigos, silvers, and navy, they will always be there, painted and lavish no matter the weight of that universe inside.

The stars aren’t as light as they seem. They are shards and splinters that can make your skin bleed. I will hang them no matter the cost to my skin; the only little bits of tangible heaven.

The weight of this universe I grow inside pushes against the Sun and forces Her to rise. Lovely, bright, and warm; rusty red and yellow hues always there to wake you.

Be gentle with the skies you scream into. You don’t know if they’re waging war. You don’t know if that universe took every ounce of strength to raise those pretty lights for somewhere to direct all the cries.

Okay.

And in an instant I was okay.

I wasn’t torn into a multitude of pieces that frayed in the relentless Winter winds.

My lungs breathed out and with it the last shreds of hate within.

And in an instant I was okay.

Words have a power more ruthless, sly, more cosmic than you know. It’s how we cast spells, it’s how we take down a man, or don’t.

And in an instant I was okay again.

The war torn wastelands I till inside myself trying to get to fresh soil are finally clean. A few simple words make the hardened earth soft and I’m able to garden like the witch they’ve always seen.

And in an instant I was okay.

I breathe out and dispel all the pettiness cloaked in darkened shrouds. I’ve worked so hard to keep it all out. I breathe in, breathe out. I’m really okay now.

Haunt.

He was there again last night. Quietly slipping into my dreams, stealing my breath and squeezing out memories.

There isn’t much I can do when my eyes are closed and the movie scene plays like it’s something I haven’t already seen.

In and out of consciousness I’m in and out of tears. Must you stay the ghost in my head, the one that dredges up old fears?

Fall away from the inside of my eyelids, fall away from sleep. Take my thoughts of you and don’t come in unless you mean it.

I feel your breath breathing in my neck, your hands perfectly intertwined in mine. I smell your body and wake up confused and hurt from this one giant lie.

I don’t know how to undream you or banish you from my sleep. I don’t know how to make myself kinder when I can’t control the company my subconscious keeps.

He was there again last night. Calm and quiet and aloof. My very own Spector that I’ve raised from my very own sunken graves, I don’t know how to sleep without you.

Goddess.

The Leaves trickle down like they’re trying to be closer to her. They want to be near the girl that was broken, a ghost, a wisp in this world. They want to be closer to the girl that reconstructed herself into an empire. They want to be nearer the girl who has set bridges on fire.

The Wind shakes loose her hair into the wide blue abyss. It’s dying to touch her, the girl who became a walking myth. It’s dying to taste her firey skin and take away something just as strong into the next city. The Wind wants to be as strong as this woman has come to be.

She died multiple times until she was a shadow that slipped along walls. She slowly gained piece after piece and rearranged them this time. Into someone stronger, kinder, more divine.

The Moon waxes as if it wants to be as big as she is, too. The Moon used to be bigger but so also, did you.

The bare branches shiver when I walk by. They recognize someone tall, strong, a force that won’t hide. The Earth around me has welcomed me as It’s equal. I am somehow stronger after all this summer time. Somehow I know Winter is not my enemy this time around; that she can’t hurt me now that I’m not a ghost. She can’t bury me not that I’ve been found.

The Thief and The Cheat.

It’s a flannel button up that’s too big for my frame. I took it before the hate set in, before everything went up in smoke and flames.

I’m not sure if it reminds me of sadder times or not, although I know it wasn’t mine to take, this flannel shirt was not my first or last mistake.

I am the Thief and he is the Cheat. We work best when we aren’t in the same vicinity. We feed off each other’s venom and brew toxicity. He can’t tell the truth and all I can do is flee. And take my favorite shirt with me.

It’s faded blue worn like it was meant for only me. It’s Winter now and I wear it more often than someone sane would do. I wear it to quell a memory. Or two.

I am the Thief and he is the Cheat. I begged for more lies to help staunch the wound. He acquiesced, it’s the least he could do. We mixed in our favorite torments to make this toxic brew. He couldn’t form the truth in his lovely mouth and I couldn’t stand to stand up for myself.

I’m warm in the shirt that wasn’t mine to take. A thief that continually made mistake after mistake.

He may miss it, he may not. A cheat that never wins. More than flannel was got.

Doe.

There is a wounded doe who sometimes shows up inconspicuously at my door step. She’ll quietly nudge until I finally see, she’s hurt and hopes I’ll heal her wounded knees.

She is the victim of hunters and forests, after all. She can’t possibly be simple minded, wrong, or at fault.

There is a doe that seeks out the traps that they lay hidden in tall grass. She’s just sure if she bleeds enough that this time they’ll take it all back. But a hunter hides in all the dappled light knowing he will never be seen. She’ll rampage through the forest thinking maybe this time he’ll leave her be.

She crumples and falls to the hardened earth with a horrible sound. She’ll come bleeding to me because the scars from my hunt are visible in the right light. She wants to know how I escaped, was it always like this, was he ever nice?

Little Doe, you now know all of the tricks of his trade. You know the orange vest, the look of his traps, the smell of his bait. You look silly filled with bullet holes where you love to be shot.

Little Doe, a hunter is a hunter and he will shoot you until you’ve been got. Don’t show up at my door dripping blood. Don’t stain my floors with lessons you haven’t learned and ears that don’t hear.

You want to be mounted on his wall deep down, I know. It’s okay, Little Doe, I know. We can’t all be the buck so stay a silly little doe.