You Are Nightmare
lapses, lingering at the corners
of my consciousness, a flower-
petalled dagger I cannot refrain
from touching. Poisoned,
your passion is a needle
that renders me numb. Brain-dead
zombie, I return automatically,
submerge myself in the familiarity
of your darkness.
Watch me like a rabbit, I have
a target taped to my back. I am too
quick for your eyes. The chains
you dangle as luck
will just have to keep looking
for another hare to split.
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.