Time Capsule
By Holly Day

Our history has already degraded
to the rubber soles of a pair of shoes
and an ivory thimble.
Nobody will be able to read

the newspapers
destroyed by years of rainwater
leaking in through the cracks
freezing solid every winter, no one

will be able to read the rolled-up scroll
placed ceremoniously in the box
announcing that day’s events
the photographs of our town
doomed to quick decay through faulty design.

Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Tampa Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle, and her published books include Walking Twin Cities, Music Theory for Dummies, and Ugly Girl.