When I’m with him, days last as long as they did
when I was the child–hand in hand on early morning walks
chasing tiny frogs and ghost swarms of tiny fish fry
darting just out of reach in the rocky shallows.
I am so afraid of the day when he outgrows all this
and thoughts of concrete and city lights appeal more than these
wildflower excursions, catch-and-release grasshopper hunts
these days that stretch impossibly long and end
in complete exhaustion and denial
of all that is sad and boring
tedious and adult.
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 Oyez Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry book, Ugly Girl, just came out from Shoe Music Press.
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