Portraits of fragility echoing definitive
definitions of strength spread
their darkened wings, gather sun’s warmth.
Dorsal basking, lateral basking, mid-flight V,
every move is designed to harvest heat
as they flutter and dance their way across
summer fields, becoming, in visitor’s minds,
flash-bulb moments of nature’s possibilities.
from Flamingo this Vision
of self-containment, internal
flight. Movement stifled, re-routed,
released in flutter of pink
feathered eyes seeing beyond
can be extended. One leg
bending between two planes.
A crack of light,
of life, brown but not out
of the cycle.
The walls are breathing,
a carpet fit for the king
A.J. Huffman has published thirteen full-length poetry collections, fourteen solo poetry chapbooks and one joint poetry chapbook through various small presses. Her most recent releases, The Pyre On Which Tomorrow Burns (Scars Publications), 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 nominee, and has published over 2600 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, The Bookends Review, Bone Orchard, Corvus Review, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. She is the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. You can find more of her personal work here: https://ajhuffmanpoetryspot.blogspot.com/