The End

the typewriter lies dead in the corner.
all the clickety-clacketing finally silent.
the house is finally quiet. I can get
up now, now that the beast is dead I
can get up, go to the kitchen, make
myself a pot of coffee.

in the evening, I invite some of
the neighborhood children to bring baseball bats and
oversized circus mallets to my house, cheer them on as they smash the keys
of the dead typewriter sideways, again and
again, until there is nothing but a gaping hole where “qwerty”
used to mock me from across the room, and again until
the factory seam splits right down the middle, and the whole

thing falls apart
like a watermelon split in
two.

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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