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wild wisps of wind. heat-seeking breeze. sirroco. samoon. shamal. the way it smells. the way those smells carry memories. ocean waves or fields of flowers or fresh-baked bread. grandmother’s kitchen in the spring with the doors open and pie on the windowsill. the smoke from the fireplace in the fall. the scent the snow in winter. inhale and exhale. balancing breaths. soft whispers. the way it feels. warm against cool skin. soothing or scorching. how each touch leaves you wanting. the way it carries the weight of all the things we leave unsaid. heavy and hurting. or hopeful. possibility and promise buried within.

– ashley jane