Molly Johnsen | What We Share

What We Share

or what if trauma is like sourdough
starter?  We all have a mother. Wild

yeast can be finicky as memory,
adapting to the climate it finds

itself in: San Francisco, Denver,
Connecticut, me. Passed around

between bodies, not mason jars,
but–like a good loaf–we’re hardened

and split. Feed a starter regularly
with flour and water and it remains

active. We eat each other’s
beginnings. Your self-dealing dad

becomes my seizure in the street, your
drug addiction my fear of black

cars. Half the blood in my body
comes from other people. My cousin

tried to smuggle his starter into Spain–
only wanted to eat his own in his bread.

Molly Johnsen has an M.A. in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She has also attended The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anti-Heroin Chic, Calamus Journal, Dogbird Journal and Mortar Magazine.