"Dilapidated Daydreaming" by Meg Johnson
My mind, an ancient
abandoned / farmhouse. It could collapse, crumble,
at any time. Still, I slink around
like it's swanky.
Maladaptive means you are very sorry. For yourself
and yourself only. I thought I was a carpenter.
I thought I was
You know what crying tastes like.
I don't need to explain that
Meg Johnson is the author of the books Inappropriate Sleepover (The National Poetry Review Press, 2014), The Crimes of Clara Turlington (Vine Leaves Press, 2015), and Without: Body, Name, Country (Vine Leaves Press, 2020). Her writing has appeared in Hobart, Ms. Magazine, Nashville Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Sugar House Review, and many other publications. Her website is: www.megjohnson.org