descending, a veil in shades
of mourning sent to shadow
somber eyes. I am deceptive
depths consuming stars.
I am empty
expanse, a hollow space. The distance
between two points is through
me. I am blind
fear, the frame that holds all things
going bump or shattering in the night.
Beyond the Rainbow
after Somewhere Over the Clouds, artist Osnat Tzadok
there is another world, all white
innocence billowing in fluffy
configurations. It emulates images
of reality, puffed into king-size cotton-
field proportions of improbability.
Metaphors in motion shift
wind and viewing
perspective. Pirate ship drifting into
bountiful fruit basket, shifting into
bud vase, dissipating into lone feather
following line of sun, as everything melts,
becomes one with horizon’s line.
captured in force-
ful breath, winter’s bitter
tear suspended in un
like, its testimonial reflects
absence, untouched white
expanse, a season’s blight.
A.J. Huffman has published seven solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and the winner of the 2012 Promise of Light Haiku Contest. Her poetry, fiction, and haiku have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, Kritya, and Offerta Speciale, in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com