A.J. Huffman – From Forest’s Path

From Forest’s Path

– 

the towering birch like a totem pole,

intricately carved to protect the budding offshoots

at its feet.  The struggle to take root, to look up

as I do, in awe of the elder, pray they will be able

to avoid boot, bird and belligerent weather

so someday they too can ignore me as I pass

below their branches, unnoticed

 

 

 

 

 

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

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