Dead Bodies Make Good Bedspreads
Evening chill has always been more
than a minor annoyance in his life, fighting
to remain under layers of thin fabric, hoping
to hold cold winds at bay. The best offense
for generating heat: skin against skin.
This thought echoed among bedroom walls
as he carefully stitched pieces together. Slowly,
the quilted comforter began to take form
in ombred tones of flesh, pale carefully flanking
tan. Blonde tendrils of hair, individually chosen,
fringed the masterpiece, complete. Sliding
beneath this new human shield, his contentment
and temperature quickly rise as his own body
sinks into slumber.
A.J. Huffman has published six solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. 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. www.kindofahurricanepress.com