Black Cat

by A.J. Huffman

parades before me and I feel hairs

on the back of my neck begin to rise. Instinctively,

I am uneasy traveling in direct proximity

to this otherwise cuddly companion.  I mock my own

misgivings, make mental jokes about witches and midnight

broom rides until apprehension passes.  I shake

my head in amazement that as an adult I still hold

to childish misgivings.  Looking down, I am not

surprised to discover my feet avoiding the cracks.


A.J. Huffman has published five solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses.  Her sixth solo chapbook will be published in October by Writing Knights Press.  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.

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