Showers & Flowers
Shock the mountains
the sky started to cry,
but the desert only smiled. Its reply:
a bloom, one hundred-year gestation,
to brighten the day.
sit, stagnant and rotting
in pouches labeled appropriately. Irrelevant
bits of beginnings
wait for foraging fingers to pick
patches of earth, a burial site primed for rebirth.
No such touch comes.
Shells shrivel, grow old. With disuse
comes a death before death, a hanging
rack, a package yellowing in the sun.
The scar was bigger than the sky
and twice as stunning,
changing in the light,
shining in the shadow.
This thin necklace of silvered
links stands to name this creation:
Of Another’s Hand.
A.J. Huffman has published twelve solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. Her new poetry collections, Another Blood Jet (Eldritch Press), A Few Bullets Short of Home (mgv2>publishing), Butchery of the Innocent (Scars Publications), Degeneration (Pink Girl Ink) and A Bizarre Burning of Bees (Transcendent Zero Press) are now available from their respective publishers and amazon.com. She is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a two-time Best of Net nominee, and has published over 2400 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com.