Tuesday, 13 November 2012

'A Writer's Gage' and 'Calendar Girl' by AJ Huffman

A Writer’s Gage

Two halves of the same pill sway
my mind.  From its usual waves
leaps and bounds descend like lead
balloons waiting for the pop of understanding.
I suck on their edges, praying to breathe.  There
is no air – stale or stagnant
simply swallowed it.  Replacing it
with their own definition:  Of hollow
frame labels my bones.  Heavy
thinking dissolves itself into carbonated pools
of bloated gloat.  The glut of regret is repugnant.
It sticks itself to the skin of my fingers,
I claw at walls only I perceive to be
here.  They take my testimony in bloodless Braille.
Am I still
    or standing blind
against the reign of time’s depleat
      ing circle?
I track my own erase.
To the base of my mental lemming’s cliff,
I pledge:  No jump!
         Instead I echo
a [counter]resolve:  To fall
in/on/through the words of my own pen[ance].

Calendar Girl

Maximize your cycle.  Make a day less
dense.  Easier to read images spot
suspicious screenings.  Right after
“there’s no chance,” go on a hot date.
Show that women walk, dress and even speak.
But beware (twice before you brush off):
quit that puff during the second half.  Success-
ful kicking [the habit]:  for good – the high;
the pleasure.  Your pain
threshold may rise.  Go in for that
filling.  This week.

A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published four collections of poetry: The Difference Between Shadows and Stars, Carrying Yesterday, Cognitive Distortion, and . . . And Other Such Nonsense.. 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 additional information and links to her work at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000191382454 and https://twitter.com/#!/poetess222.