Along the Bay
I miss the birds, mostly
I miss the animals almost as much
coexisting peacefully beneath the museums
dolphins wandering, lost, at the shallow end of the water
but I don’t miss the people
if all the people disappeared
I might just move back.
There once was a woman who
prayed for just one little baby
she didn’t care what it was
but the only baby that came
fit in her palm and would not move
small, too quiet, curled tiny
it did not cry. morning came
she sat by the windowsill, rocking
the quiet cradle with the tip of her finger,
singing songs about all the things
her child would never see.
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.