May 2, 2009

Lit by Chicks

Where I Was, 1995

by Holly Day


when my son was born, I threw away
all the photographs taken of my life from before
I was so determined to become somebody else
that I pretended that I was brand new
just like him

when my husband refused to work, I got a temp job
where I could work a week, then be home a week
so I could spend time with my son
there was no extra money, but I didn’t care
I was so in love with that baby
nothing else mattered

I sold all my records to pay for groceries and rent
I threw away all my clothes that couldn’t be used for work
everything I owned could fit in a backpack
a few pieces of jewelry I could sell in a pinch
enough to take me and my son
somewhere safe

Holly Day’s most recent books are Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, and Walking Twin Cities. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their two children. You can find more of her work at her blog.