The First Step

By Holly Day

I take the piece of paper, put it
in my mouth, feel the word “love” dissolve in my saliva, in my blood
and now I understand marriage.

The individual letters drift like little stones
throughout my body, break up like tiny meteors, turn to sand
sink to my feet and

keep me here.

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Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes in the Minneapolis school district. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Worcester Review, Broken Pencil, and Slipstream, and she is a recent recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and German. Her novel, “The Trouble With Clare,” is due out from Hydra Publications in 2013.


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