The First Step

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.

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.

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