A.J. Huffman

The Open Mouse

Small Emergencies
 
Underwater, you try
to reach purpose,
realize you do not exist,
break in increments—
a coastline, drowning
to be reborn.  In a mirror
labeled yesterday,
you understand you are not
a fistful of sand & skin.
You lose nothing but your name
& time.  Moving sideways
down a lonely hall, everyone watches
you tick like a clock
before vanishing.  At midnight,
your life boils
down to an abbreviated fiction—
an image of a bridge
& a kiss—
burning in the dark.

Copyright © A.J. Huffman 2016

A.J. Huffman has published twelve full-length poetry collections, thirteen solo poetry chapbooks and one joint poetry chapbook through various small presses.  Her most recent releases, Degeneration (Pink Girl Ink), A Bizarre Burning of Bees (Transcendent Zero Press), and Familiar Illusions (Flutter Press) are now available from their respective publishers.  She is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a two-time Best of Net…

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