The Things I Know
I read headlines about cannibals living in
plain sight, drunk driving accidents,
children bringing guns and knives and drugs to school and
I wonder how I’m supposed to send him out there
when five years old seems much too young to see this world.
I read headlines about priests charged with raping boys
daycare providers caught with child pornography
school janitors hiding secret murders for years
trusted neighbors with basement torture chambers, and
I wonder how they can ask me to let him go
when it seems my whole life has been about hiding
from the monsters waiting for us just beyond the door.
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 recently published books include Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, A Brief History of Stillwater Minnesota, and Ugly Girl.