Ashley Renselaer – 1 poem



Ragged red dress still holding to your flesh

Well into the gutter city of your youth

You sail through the glass

In a savage embrace of all your pains

Isn’t this emptiness just sublime?

That naked angry howl.


Yes, you wished for rain

Baked for years in the slow churning of that mighty sun

Can there ever be too much blue sky?


Oh, Luci

Once you were a dreamer

Ballerina, serene, and little,

Glorious turns on shivering toes

That ancient amber

Now dark and dim

Half-past forever

Now laid bare a feast

For beastly, hungry vultures


Who will save you now, Luci?

Cemeteries filled with heroes?


In the late of the night

When you obscure the blade of life with a smile

When you bargain your soul

defending a blow

When you dissolve in shadow

In drops

In night’s roars of indifference

When you greet greed dressed in love


I tremble for you


I tremble for you


I know your shoulders are





But, let them feel my tears

Just this one time

Oh, Luci.





Ashley Renselaer is a ninth-grade student at Windward School in Mar Vista, California. She believes that poetry and prose have the power to change hearts and minds, creating a better world. Some of Ashley’s writing has recently appeared in the Lily Poetry Review, Inlandia, and The Loud Journal.

By Heavenly Flower Publishing

Bindweed Magazine publishes two anthologies each year: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland. Bindweed is run as a not for profit, labour of love endeavour by an author/poet couple: Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert. Bindweed can be found at

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