Hostages of Attention
by A.J. Huffman

Fired to incandescence
My eyes spin
whenever you are near.
And what an illusion.
It brings your smile
every time.
And I know
you know
it’s all a trick.
But anything that draws your touch
is a pain
I am willing
to carry
in my stare.

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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