First Contact

A poem by Holly Day


The dolphins at the zoo have begun to realize
the errors manifest in trying to communicate
with humans. Too many attempts at peaceful negotiations
have been met as requests for more fish.

The people in the cages have begun to realize
that the aliens regard them as only
pets or fresh meat. Any attempts to engage in serious conversation
have been met as requests for more corn chips
and snack cakes.


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 (Wilderness Press, 2009), Music Theory for Dummies (Wiley, 2015), and Ugly Girl (Shoe Music Press, 2015).