Free-Runner Plots a Course (to the ER?)

by A.J. Huffman

From ground level, the bizarrely protrusive edition

to the barn seemed the perfect place

to practice.  Solid slots aerating metal, most

excellent handholds, divots to drive toes against, make-

shift footholds.  Gloves needed.  Sun-struck

aluminum siding can melt fingerprints instantly. 


Stretching muscle and mind, a planned diagram digitizes

behind adrenaline-fueled eyes.  Ricochet off main building,

land on jutting alcove, scale side-v patterned edgings, finger-

walk along miniscule window’s ledge, stretch chest, pecs

strain to embrace farside, grasp slats, brace feet between rails

to prevent sliding, pray quads hold weight, disengagement would

equal falling to not-quite-death. Avoid

as many sharp corners, screws, brackets as possible.  Be


thankful for last week’s failed session, ending in update

of Tetanus shot.

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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  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 ( ).  Find more about A.J. Huffman, including additional information and links to her work at and!/poetess222



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