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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2020

The Voyager

 

by Holly Day

 

 

The tiny boat floats down the river, bobbing inconsequential

in the pull of the tide. Its little paper sail flutters in the thin breeze

a piece of folded newspaper advertising newborn collie puppies for sale on one side

a half-sheet of recent obituaries on the other. I can almost see

 

my grandmother’s small, black-and-white photograph from the shore

where I stand, my tiny daughter’s warm hand in mine

watching our little boat as it’s swept away, perhaps

as far as the ocean. My daughter chatters excitedly

about the exotic places our boat might see, faraway places

my grandmother never got to visit, but talked of often.

 

I imagine it’s her on the boat, and not just her picture

a thin, pale woman, mouth set permanently in a thin, determined line

leaning over the railing of a real ship, eyes forever

fixed on the delights of the horizon.

 

 

 

Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Grain, and The Tampa Review. Her newest poetry collections are In This Place, She Is Her Own (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), A Wall to Protect Your Eyes (Pski’s Porch Publishing), Folios of Dried Flowers and Pressed Birds (Cyberwit.net), Where We Went Wrong (Clare Songbirds Publishing), Into the Cracks (Golden Antelope Press), and Cross Referencing a Book of Summer (Silver Bow Publishing), while her newest nonfiction books are Music Theory for Dummies and Tattoo FAQ.

Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020