bell jar towns – ashley jane

Brave & Reckless

once,
i was contained
i was safe
within the confines of a bell jar town
where everyone
knew everyone
and there was no such thing
as a stranger
and people kept
their carefully constructed perfection
on display
but
i was full of secrets
and wishes
and desires
too rich for rural tongues
once
i bore scars
self-inflicted
i pretended to be fine
(oh, the lies we tell)
i wore anger like a second skin
i coveted the way people left
and never came back
my vertigo heart rose and fell
in a rhythm of
leave-go-escape
(oh, the adventure of it all)
so
i ran
i took a path less traveled,
a path to nowhere
and e v e r y w h e r e
to.anywhere.but.here.
i shut my eyes
and let the world fall away
i burned bridges
and became a phoenix
rising from the ashes
i chased wonder

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