a.j. huffman

The Ashes of a Man’s Gesture

Window shopping
in the basement of nowhere,
I found a dress
made of dust.
So heavy.
It fit my mood
exquisitely.
And I eagerly spent
my life.
To wear it.
Just once.

But you disapprove.
You claim
it makes you sneeze.
And you brush it away.

Now I am wasted.
And naked.
And back
at the beginning
of this page.
Please help me.
It is too cold here.
Beneath your thumb.

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 additional information and links to her work on Facebook and Twitter.