"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.

A penthouse.


Maladaptive means you are very sorry. For yourself

and yourself only. I thought I was a carpenter.

I thought I was

an architect.


You know what crying tastes like.

I don't need to explain that

to you.




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


Instagram: @megjohnsonauthor

Twitter: @missmegjohnson


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