The Fire
by Holly Day Holly Day

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, and she is a recent recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her book publications include Music Composition For Dummies, Guitar All-in-One For Dummies, and Music Theory For Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.

when my house catches fire in the middle of winter
will they find my poems and blame it on me?
will they drag my family's burned corpses out of the house
throw their crispy remains on the cooling snow
point their fingers at me and my poetry, say
all the warning signs were there?

and will I die as well, found curled up
at the bottom of the staircase, smoldering cigarette in hand
fiery end pointed inward, at my heart,
will the firemen say the incendiary device
was me?

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