• Ashleigh Henry

Chains of Silver

Updated: May 13


Does the moon feel my anger?

Is that why she is so full, because she is as brimmed with ire as I am?

Or is she imbued with love and healing light?

Is it love meant for me, or love meant for someone else?

Does it even matter? She pulls us all with an instinctive magnetism

Drawing us nearer through blind attraction

A glowing orb hanging above our heads

I think I see my face

That’s no man in the moon, but a celestial reflection of my own body

I stare at myself in the sky

Bright curves and soft edges

Layer upon layer of silver

Full like lips and curved like hips

Love or lust pulling at the currents, bringing in the tide

Faithful subjects, called to worship their goddess

She shines down, acknowledging the adoration

I wonder if her disciples see my face when they turn their attention to the heavens

Or do they see their own?

Is that her allure? Show everyone themselves to make us all fall in love

Beguiled as moths to the soft contour of blue flame

Or is she full of scorn, like me?

Waiting for prey, patient in her cycle till she is replete and resplendent

A pied piper whispering love songs on wind and water

Till we are clinging to the strands of love and light, only to find that we are caught in her web

Night nymph, binding us in her silvery chains only to suffer her wrath

A deadly dark predator who wears my gleaming face


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Ashleigh is a Black American female storyteller. With a BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Ashleigh creates compelling images inspired by nature and light. Having always enjoyed narratives, Ashleigh has a propensity for creative writing.


Exploring themes of race, relationships and nature, her focus is mainly on short stories and poetry, though she is also working on her first novel. Ashleigh has visited 20 countries to date and plans on visiting all seven continents. You can view her work and travel writing on her website, www.ashleighhenry.com.

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