Golden-seed children dance on
exaggerated limbs. Field filled
with followers echoing movements
in wave of would-be smiles. My mind
wanders with them across the wind.
I. Seeing Sunflowers
Dark textured mouths, opened in
silent choral prayer and purse
of eminent awe. These natural blonde
disciples trace path of fire-
god across the sky. Bizarre,
clockwork ritual testing strength
of stem against Autumn’s breath.
II. Hearing Sunflowers
Petals chitter, responsive
shudder against sunset, exhale in fabled
attempt to shake souls back
inside. They echo, gilded
ghosts rattling invisible chains, inviting
footfall. I answer automatically,
impulsively running, crashing
into their waiting embrace.
III. Smelling Sunflowers
Subtle hint of seasonal change closes
around me. Militant rows roar: We are
different. No need for overwhelming,
sickly blossomed bursts, ripe
enough to bottle. Dime-share of diminutive
nut, dash of pollen, the only traces
the air dares to brush free.
IV. Touching Sunflowers
Strange stalks confuse, tactility . . . unlabelable. Faux-
fragile façade, difficult to break, pull. Cut
is required to topple these feather-headed harlots.
Harvest heralders, graceful
ly falling, perfected
pictures of death’s bow.
V. Tasting Sunflowers
Beheaded beads boil, toss in roasting
pan. Pre-destined for packaging.
Snack for squirrels and dugout bench
warmers. Split-shell spit, more
work than result, worth every bite
of calm repetitious swallow.
Roots Among the Sand
Grains embrace miles in all directions.
Aided by tickling wind, tracks and texture
shift, and a fossil stands stoic, holds
vigil in the middle of all this temporary.
Sun-bleached remnant, gnarled trunk’s roots
ride the surrounding dunes. Testimony that
life may be fleeting, but foundations remain.
Broken shell, tossed. Turned
sideways. Sole spire shining
in the sun. Abandoned
beach spanning in every direction.
An arid moat. Waiting, flagless,
for a wandering king.
A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published six collections of poetry all available on Amazon.com. She has also published her work in numerous national and international literary journals. She is currently the editor for six online poetry journals for Kind of a Hurricane Press (www.kindofahurricanepress.com). 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.