After a full summer of not being able to sit comfortably at my desk and work, there’s nothing so wonderful as having the kids back in school and the house and time to myself. Perhaps in cooperation with my determined vision of staying glued to my computer for the day, the weather has turned nasty overnight, and I’m already wearing a sweater around the house and wondering how long I can put off turning on the heater for the season. Outside, sparrows and chickadees cover the lawn as thick as snow, a shifting, twitching carpet of brown and gray reminder that my beautiful summer is coming to a close.
Years later, they will speak of this anniversary
as though it had happened to other people, neighbors, perhaps.
They will speak lightly of her hospitalization
gloss over the details, mention her minor head trauma
the problems he had had with his temper
back then, in the past.
Their children will glare pointedly at each other
over the heads of the assembled party guests
because one of them should have intervened
someone was supposed to have been here.
- Holly Day 2015
Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Oyez Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle, while her recently published books include Music Theory for Dummies (3rd edition), Piano All-in-One for Dummies, The Book Of, and Nordeast Minneapolis: A History.