you were supposed to be a friend
by Ashley Elizabeth
Publication Date: 16 June 2020
Nightingale & Sparrow Press
Friendships between men and women don’t always last forever… not without someone wanting more. At least, it’s harder not to. It is easy to fall for someone you spend most of your time talking to. This chapbook explores when a relationship turns from friendship to friends with benefits to someone falling in a love that may not be reciprocated.
Ten years is a long time to intertwine two souls. From middle school to early adulthood, we survived a lot. For having such searing physical and emotional chemistries, our communication skipped heartbeats with lies and potholes. We’ve been friends for too long. Of course feelings got in the way. Of course I fell for you, and of course I lied about it. Who wouldn’t? I lost you anyway.
Previously Published Pieces:
Take a sneak peek at some of the poems included in this chapbook:
- “friendship,” “acceptance,” and “6 inch heels” — Rat’s Ass Review
- “not prayer” — Zoetic Press
- “lies about being a mistress,” “truth,” “also truth,” “letters from an old mistress (i)” “non-reciprocal” — Damaged Goods Press
About the Author
Ashley Elizabeth is a writing consultant, teacher, and poet. Her works have appeared in Bonnie’s Crew, yell/shout/scream, and SWWIM, among others. She has a microchap, letters from an old mistress, with Damaged Goods Press. When Ashley isn’t serving as assistant editor at Sundress Publications, teaching, or freelancing, she habitually posts on Twitter and Instagram, watching way too many dog and cheese-pull videos. She lives with her partner in Baltimore, MD.