Iowa Writes

KATHY GRUENEWALD
Cactus Flower


Observe these mystics who

devote themselves to

standing meditation.

They are believers who wrap

their beauty in spines and wrinkles.

Their meals are simple, few

and deep, their minds abandoned

to the wall.


In the openness of southwest

space they stand, inhaling

deeply from within.

Sudden rainfall plumps up

Observe these mystics who

devote themselves to

standing meditation.

They are believers who wrap

their beauty in spines and wrinkles.

Their meals are simple, few

and deep, their minds abandoned

to the wall.


In the openness of southwest

space they stand, inhaling

deeply from within.

Sudden rainfall plumps up

weathered faces, softens

pods and plates.

Desert heat has sealed

the juicy flesh and

baked a fruit of patience.

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About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

Find out more about submitting by contacting iowa-writes@uiowa.edu


KATHY GRUENEWALD

This poem originally appeared in Volume 5, Number 6 of 100 Words, a journal published by The University of Iowa's International Writing Program between 1993 and 1998. Each piece in the journal had to be 100 words or fewer, and each issue had a theme. This issue's theme was "On Garden."

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on February 11, 2009

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