determine to blind with my helpless anger. The ink
floats around me in a cloud, obscures the view
of the sink full of dishes, the bills stacked on the table
toys that refuse to move from where dropped
messy handprints on everything. I long
to escape through the drain, through the tiny cracks in the floor tile,
slither behind the stove where the mice make noise
find freedom in the dark parts of the yard
beneath the floorboards of the basement.
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.