- I’m washing my daughter’s hair and she tells me there’s a boy
- She likes in school, he’s nine years old, he says he doesn’t like her
- He told her best friend he doesn’t like her, she’s upset now and I
- Don’t know if I should laugh or cry. I carefully
- Rinse the shampoo out of her hair and resist the urge
- To wrap my arms around her tiny, bony chest and hold her
- Like I did when she was tiny, she wants me to give her some sort of
- Womanly, adult advice, and I am not ready for this.
Packingtown Review – Vol.11, Spring 2019
Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Tampa Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle, while her newest nonfiction book, Tattoos FAQ, is coming out from Backbeat Books in 2018.