they touched her with the softest and slowest kiss.
wrapped around her wrists
it was summer before the first blossoms opened
finding their way under
her parchment-thin skin, invisible hands
bones too dry for salvation. tightly wound buds
up here, a halo of trumpets woven
in her hair, thin fingers
a necklace of scarlet against her chest
a net of green tangles, tight around her neck.
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.