Sensory Park

by A.J. Huffman

The lake beside Sensory Park was green,

which I thought appropriate somehow. 

To get to it, I had to traverse

through rows of strange plants and flowers,

prickly and colorful.  I stopped

to read each placard, placed front

and center to instruct as to proper “handling”

of the flora.  I carefully touched, smelled, and avoided

as instructed.  Quickly, I got lost in the encompassing

aura of the space.  Hours passed like seconds, it seemed

forever before I reached the algaed banks.

I sat beneath the lone tree, relishing the relief

of the shade on my sunburned shoulders.  Tried

to read the tattered warning sign carelessly stapled

to its trunk.  The paper was brittle and faded,

and I was glad.  The warning should have been implied:

do not obstruct the scenery with useless governmental postings.

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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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