Languishing on a Continent of Faults and Tears
by A.J. Huffman

I have underestimated your inability
to imagine.
I am real.
I am here.
A prisoner now.
behind unseeing eyes.
I am beyond blind.
Beyond sight’s fleeting perceptions.
And I am freezing
in the standardization
of some anti-nirvanic ideal.
You can’t even acknowledge.
I would rather be broken.
Or razored.
Or wrong.
I would rather be.
I battle my own sanity.
Wishing yours, too, was gone.
Ground up.
Slashed thin.
One or both scattered
on a whim.

I still believe
unstable has its own brilliance.
And a breathing
that is haunting.
And uncomfortably
shaped like home.

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A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida.  She has previously published three collections of poetry: The Difference Between Shadows and Stars, Carrying Yesterday, and Cognitive Distortion.  She has also published her work in national and international literary journals such as Avon Literary Intelligencer, Writer’s Gazette, and The Penwood Review.  Find more about A.J. Huffman, including links to her work, on Facebook and at