Nikki Wallschlaeger's work has been featured in Spork, Likewise Folio, Horse Less Review, Storyscape Journal, Coconut, The Account, Fanzine & others. She is the author of the chapbook The Frogs at Night (Shirt Pocket Press) and the chapbook I Would Be the Happiest Bird (Horseless Press). Her first full-length book of poems, HOUSES, is forthcoming from Horseless Press in 2015. She's also an Assistant Poetry Editor at Coconut Poetry. You can reach her at
Mother you want is going to yell at you.
The men who have touched me casually.
You grow, they grow, you grow, & they grow
as the number of flip flops increases worldwide.
The horizon is personal, the horizon is a baggie
Every bureaucratic wonk has a stash somewhere
They place them over the heads of black schoolchildren,
Demanding their first breath is one of hyperventilation.
After the denizens gave so freely to their beloved city,
Gallons of donated blood were eighty-sixed.
Food rotted in the sun & the water bottles broke.
Mother you need is going to yell at you
I know what you want
But you're gonna have to write it down