On last week’s episode of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After, viewers saw Ashley Martson returning home to her Tinder-lovin’ hubby Jay Smith, who had purchased Chinese food in hopes that it might convince Ashley of his love and motivate her to file the paperwork for his green card. (You simply WILL NOT find sentences like that written about any other reality show franchise!)
Anyways, Ashley was wearing a backless red dress that revealed a string of words tattooed down her spine:
The brief scene had a lot of fans curious exactly what the message was that Ashley felt was important enough to have it permanently written down her back, and during a recent Instagram Live Q&A, Ashley provided the answer: “What matters the most is how well you walk through the fire.”
The quote is the last line from a poem by Charles Bukowski titled “How Is your Heart?” Here’s the full poem — just swipe through to the end:
The quote is also the title of a collection of Charles Bukowski’s previously unpublished writings from the 1970s to the 1990s. It’s unclear if Ashley was referencing the poem or the book. Actually, it’s unclear if Ashley was specifically referencing Bukowski at all — it could just be that she liked the popular quote.
During her fan Q&A session, Ashley also tackled a couple other frequently asked questions about her skin ink collection. She reveals that she has five total tattoos, and she says that Jay did them all.
To continue watching Ashley walking through fire for Jay, be sure to tattune in to new episodes of 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After airing Sunday nights at 8/7c on TLC!