With Wings


by A.J. Huffman

like armored jets, the battle faeries arm

themselves, prepare to defend their glen. 

Glitterdust has been

exchanged for napalmed potions,

a humanized weapon to ward off human

tresspassers.  They terrorize the gilded green,

stomping, picking, ashing footprinted paths

across pristine groves.  Littered leftovers

of gluttony and vice scattered, poisoning

plants, choking critters.  Salvation’s fire

is set by jewel-toned hands.  Skin screams

in surrender.  Vehicle wheels reel in automatic

reverse.  Physical damage

is contained.  But later, once the sunlight has

slipped from the glade, night runs its mares

through magical minds.  Reasons get twisted

into retched responses, sleep dissolves into bitter

memories, swirl, laden with knowledge:  there is no

victor, just levels of victim, in the post-smoke

smothering of war.

 

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Writers Bio

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.  Most recently, she has accepted the position as editor for four 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


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