The Lavender and Thyme

on my neighbor’s patio
struggle to live
in the same pot.

in the kitchen, their cat
laps up little licks of water
from a clear bowl.

there, above him,
in the sill of the window,
is a spider and her whole existence.


Sally J. Johnson received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she served as Managing Editor for the award-winning literary journal Ecotone. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in the Collagist, Bodega, the Pinch, Weave, Everyday Genius, the Bohemyth, and elsewhere. She is a poetry editor for Green Briar Review and works as a publicist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Find her online: @sallyjayjohnson.