when I was six I saw

the stray cat that lived under our house

give birth and kill her kittens

short, spare minutes separating

the two acts. she cried the whole time and I

know where that cat was now

sitting in a waiting room reading

pamphlets about fetal development

adoption options and welfare programs I know

how that cat felt and wish I

would have stayed to comfort her

instead of running away.


Holly Day
Holly Day is a travel writing instructor living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and two children. Her most recent nonfiction books are Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, and Walking Twin Cities.