hollie ash

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Places I Might Hope To Find Myself Naked

Someday I shall crest a mountain, strip off my clothes and sit atop a rock, dangling my naked legs over the green valley below. The sensitive skin on my ass will complain about the grit of the rock and I shall throw up my arms, toss my head back and heave my chest into the wind.

Someday I will disrobe in the garden in early August and lay in between the rows of beets and carrots, loam catching in my crevices and staining my skin. When a storm moves in, I will turn over, tuck my head under my arm and see if the rain makes me grow.
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How I Got Out Alive

My white dress, veil and bouquet are a stark contrast
to my outstretched thumb here on this narrow embankment.
Thoughts pass as quickly as the clouds I see.
Like them I am directionless, except for the need to move.
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3.
The Beginning

The first time that we met, I was sitting on a hot sidewalk in the City of Roses, trying not to think about all of the homeless people who had pissed or vomited or cried in that very spot.

I looked up and you looked down and we leaned in towards each other, right hands extending (across a void I didn’t know existed) , reaching (towards a salvation I didn’t know I needed) and finally grasping (suddenly rescued from a life I didn’t know was dangerous) , palm against palm.
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Instructions For The Death Of Me

If you want to kill my spirit
Put me in a concrete jungle
And make the most heart-pounding thing that happens each day the navigation of traffic on the freeway.
Tell me it's not safe to go out after dark.
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Mondays

sometimes i wake up on a Monday morning completely overwhelmed by the world.

then i get an official invitation from jason and roo, which i'm not sure i can accept, but i also can't turn down.
then i leave the house to discover stunningly perfect weather, in a completely un-Monday-like way.
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