Time

Time

~Time~

Do not
waste your time
endlessly navigating
the ferocious tides
of society’s
artificial designs

do not greet
the morning sunrise
with regret or a sigh
as you sell your soul
from 9 to 5
building someone else’s dreams
in a corporate landmine
just to stay alive

do not judge beauty
on what the media defines
to be your primary duty

because truly

your authenticity
exhibits the rarities
and beloved ancestry
of the tree that will lead you
to the roots
that bore your story

why disguise your glory?

do not build
your hopes and dreams
or grand ideals
without first
making a deal with yourself
to turn them into memories
that are real

go

live out your days
with fire in your soul
grasping your liberty
and building goals
that are brave
and wild
and bold

and know

no matter what you are told
by those with riches to behold
ALL of life is precious
rich or poor
young or old

be humble

because
when you are six feet under
when your body meets the coal
your story will remain
but not your gold

and when the time comes by
when you must whisper your last goodbyes
to the birds
the trees
and the iridescent skies

may you greet your final sunrise with a smile

because you lived a life so wild
that you are ready
to expire

© 2017 Amelia Dashwood, All rights reserved.

Photography Tasha Tudor, by Richard Brown

Sonnet of Darkness

Sonnet of Darkness

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My lips whisper sweet nothings
My eyes keep cloudless skies
My head is full of daydreams
My heart holds butterflies

But in my darkest moments
When winter haunts my days
My feelings conjure tempests
Breaking my merry ways

But still, you love me madly
It tears me up inside
To know, I make you suffer
You never question why

My heart tells tales of meadows
That soothe the saddest souls
Exhibiting my hopes and dreams
Avoiding my black hole

But then, the nightmares enter
Chasing my joy away
My light ceases to blossom
All happiness decays

But still, you hold me closer
Resisting savage storms
Returning me to paradise
Healing our love once more

My love reads like the seasons
Blowing from hot to cold
An inconsistent paradise
Seen through a fixed blindfold

Please know, within my nightmares
My heart loves endlessly
You are my loyal lighthouse
Shining on stormy seas

You guide me back to safety
Inviting me to shore
Returning me to paradise
To love you evermore

The frailty of a broken mind
Can test the strongest bonds
Hold on with all you have to give
In tempests, love lives on

~ © 2016 Amelia Dashwood, All rights reserved.

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