“The Rescue,” by Holly Day

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The Rescue

my father’s hands parting
the water, trying to see
past leaves, dead fish, floating branches
diving down and finding
nothing

every time the wind blows the curtains in
every shadow that doesn’t belong
where is she

thirty years later and I’m still
waiting for her ghost

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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 The Worcester Review, Broken Pencil, and Slipstream. She is the recipient of the 2011 Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her most recent published book is Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch, while her novel, The Trouble With Clare, is due out from Hydra Publications in 2013.