Melissa Fite Johnson

As a Child, Dylan Klebold Loved Origami

His mother sat with him at the kitchen table,
lifted the coffee mug, heard
through all the closed windows of her house
a plane somewhere in the distance,

marveled at her son’s concentration—
his quiet, his small pink tongue
burrowing out the corner of his closed mouth.

Melissa Fite Johnson’s first poetry collection, While the Kettle’s On, is a Kansas Notable Book.