Central self-aggrandizement:
       my pillar of salt
   wrought in my blood.
Knowing myself alone
         and despising any extra weight.
But still I am open and prone
 to your restrained
                   and restraining,

They're sweet bait
   and I bite at them




apocryphaltext Vol. 4

Erika Ostergaard teaches English as a second (and usually third) language to K-12 students in rural Moldova (eastern Europe). Her poetry is published in small papers and magazines in West Virginia where she graduated from Shepherd University with an English Literature degree.



a poem by erika ostergaard