He doesn't know me but

by Sophie Johnson

he knows
enough to want
to mold,
and bruise, make
a new
Set it down
before it’s done.
Never come.
He said "I’m bad,
This gives him
the freedom
to push and carve
and leave.
I look
for the stain
I made.
It’s faint.

Sophie Johnson lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is fluent in French and Spanish.