On the Other Side by Holly Day

gone minutes seconds after pulling out
a smile I never saw, collapsing seduction
flamboyant, faded photos on the mantle, inside me,
sightless squirrel paws praying wings unformed
too early to tell to name to bed forgiveness

gone minutes seconds after pulling out
wake to red sheets telephone
knuckle deep in the slot meant to fill,
butterfly folded up still, quiet, black eye
he said, finger lickin’ lyin’ cheat

too late to stop the sacrifice

Holly Day

Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota , since 2000. Her published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Walking Twin Cities, Insider’s Guide to the Twin Cities, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, and The Book Of, while her poetry has recently appeared in New Ohio Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry book, Ugly Girl, just came out from Shoe Music Press.


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