Midnight on these plains
reads like a painting,
all magic and markers,
shooting like stars
in a race to run the river
walls with technicolored blood,
rainbows, hell-bent on claiming their land.
The god of love is blind,
destroyed by the woman he chose
to love. She could not
believe the dream he gave her.
In silence, with silence, she burned
him, branded him monster
in the face of her abandoned faith.
So he left her for warmer welcome, a place
where he could dance alone among the flames,
planning his haphazard revenge.
It was designed to leave no one – mortal
or not – unbreached by poisonous flight
of his arrow’s unending night.
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, 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 2500 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 also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press: www.kindofahurricanepress.com.