Bum Sex


I’ve seen you watching them undress the mannequins

in the department store windows, late at night

waiting by the bus stop, long after

the last conductor has climbed into bed.


I’ve seen you with the little blond girls

in the park, luring them

onto your lap, pretending to be blind

brushing their soft skin and hair

with your wrinkled sticky fingers

whispering the same words you mouth


through the glass at the pretty dolls smiling

at your open trench coat, the last conductor’s wife

climaxing alone in the shower, in the back

of your head, just before you

pull up your shorts and start the long trip












Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Big Muddy, The Cape Rock, New Ohio Review, and Gargoyle, and her published books include Walking Twin Cities, Music Theory for Dummies, and Ugly Girl. She has been a featured presenter at Write On, Door County (WI), Northwoods Writer’s Festival (CA), and the Spirit Lake Poetry Series (MN). Her newest poetry collections, A Perfect Day for Semaphore (Finishing Line Press) and The Yellow Dot of a Daisy (Alien Buddha Press), will be out late 2018.