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Poetry by A.J. Huffman

I Imagine Being Real
I Dreamed I Slept with the Ghost of a Bear
Published Septemer 10, 2016


 after Ripples on the Ocean by Vladamir Kush

The continental shelf is adrift
and in an uproar.  Its pristine cover does not resemble
cloth.  In fact, it is foaming as if it were rabid
mouth intent on swallowing the world.  
True to form, the squeaking wheel always gets its way.
That roar in the distance is no longer visionary
lion, bowing its head to sip.  It is now a mountain
of wind, sailing forward to comfort enigmatic beast.
Its trail of cords, burning like the sun,
should provide enough power to re-prove the myth
that the earth is truly flat.

I Imagine Being Real

because I believe I am not.
My body seems solid, more statue
than moveable vehicle.  My mind
is temporary, full of visceral
visions of disconnection.  My fingers
are puzzles I cannot solve.
They articulate without consult,
spill secrets and blood along the floor.
My feet have transformed into flowers,
transplanted weeds that long to run
wild, but are stuck on a pathway
that has never heard the word
green.  My mouth is a mountain,
mounting its final stand.  Cocked,
like a loaded gun, it fires
blanks into the air.
I stand outside myself, waiting
for them to fall.  I watch myself
slowly dissolve in cloud-like motion.
If I could move, I would
pray for rain to wash me
down some yet-to-be-identified
cosmic drain.

I Dreamed I Slept with the Ghost of a Bear

whose silence taught me nothing
but regret.  My hands poked the intangible
form that used to feel
textured, soft, and coarse.  A strange surge
of remembrance echoed against my fingers,
as if I could read the Braille of its past
skin.  Pulses triggered responses in my own
body.  I was hackled by fear of slaughter.
I woke still shivering in a cold cavern of darkness
I could not explain.  A trespasser
in my own bed, my claws tore at sheets,
the only comforter in sight.

A.J. Huffman has published eleven solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook
through various small presses. Her new poetry collection,
Another Blood Jet,
is now available from Eldritch Press.  She has two more poetry collections
A Few Bullets Short of Home, from mgv2>publishing and
Degeneration, from Pink Girl Ink.  She is a Three-Time Pushcart Prize
nominee, and has published over 2100 poems in various national and
international journals, including
Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone
, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a
Hurricane Press.
www.kindofahurricanepress.com. She lives in Florida, USA.

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