by Holly Day

she has made drapes
out of the children’s skin. the fabric
is just too thick, too heavy,
to be anything else.

by now
the woman with the snakes in her hair
could have recovered her
entire living room ensemble by now,
considering all the children
that have disappeared
just this past year.

that’s the whole reason
for all the different types of milk out today-
vitamin a, whole milk, vitamin d, 2%, 1%, skim,
not to mention
all the designer brands
for the lactose intolerant
and the vegans.

there was no way they could display
all those missing children’s photographs
with just one or two types of milk
in the supermarket.

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 Hawai’i Pacific Review, The
Oxford American, and Slipstream. Her book publications include The Book Of,
A Bright Patch of Sunlight, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One
for Dummies, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been
translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.