These hands write and write

Wandering into the crevices between my floor boards

I thought I heard a bed bug

It’s causing this insane itch

There’s a connection, I know it

Maybe it was that night with the Russian

The silly thing must want me to

teach it English.

Or it’s sent from a lover who’s

on the other side of the wind.

Maybe it bit Einstein cuz it

walks around whispering, “It’s all relative.”

As long as it doesn’t get under the wallpaper,

I’m sure I saw it wink when I swallowed that one man whole

I survived, and you must know,

Eating an entire man

Could kill you.


-Saschia Johnson




Inspiration from

Henry Miller, Milorad Pavoc, Albert Einstein, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Silvia Plath


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