An Excerpt from you were supposed to be a friend


you don’t see
me unless you want
heavy breathing,
name cried out in ecstasy,
ass to smack,
hair to pull,
kisses that only mean something

to me, my velvet throat encasing
cotton skin, me.
exposed. only for you

to examine touch pilfer pirate own
i am nothing but your conquest
a place you visit
when you want to feel

i am so much more
you claim friend but act
otherwise, grabbing inches
of me and leaving full

where i shatter
and cannot pick up what’s left.
you molded me to want
to please, drop to me knees
until you place me in other positions.

you like to push prod and beg.
but i am scared to lose
you so i comply. you know
this and when you finish
you hug me and leave a secret
about you i already know

from you were supposed to be a friend

Author Statement: you were supposed to be a friend by Ashley Elizabeth

Dear Reader, 

I am unsure about how to start this, to be honest, except for by saying that honesty is the best policy. And the first person you have to be honest with is yourself. Maybe you won’t find yourself in love with the wrong person. Maybe you will but will learn from it anyway. 

I was in love with my best friend before I knew it. I was his before I knew what that meant, but I never told him. I wonder what would have happened if I did. I wonder if he loved me back and we simply missed our shot. I wonder how our stories would have played out if we were both willing to tell our truths. Now we have moved on and away and will never know. 

Inspired by the lyrical yet haunting quality of Bluets by Maggie Nelson as she puts her heart on the page, this manuscript originally started as a book of letters of things I hadn’t said to him but wished I had; letters had always been how we communicated. Rarely did we talk on the phone verbally but our texts and AIM messages spoke for themselves. I saved them and looked at them often, responding to myself and the time in short snippets across time. 

The book in the final format explores that love and asks the questions I was too scared to ask him but in poetry format. I also bring you through the end of our relationship by asking myself the hard questions. I break myself from my comfort and quiet, both in writing and sharing, and I hope this inspires you to do the same, to be your truest selves. 

Thank you to everyone who reads this book. I hope you continue to find yourselves a little in love, a little lost, and a little loved. 


Ashley Elizabeth 

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