Iowa Writes

JUSTIN HYDE
How I Learned


we were
in the middle
of john kearn's
fallow bean field.

grandpa
strapped wooden blocks
to the gas and brake
of his suburban
with bungee.

he showed me the gist
and where to stomp
the emergency-brake
if i lost nerve,

then he got out,
said certain things
a man needs to figure
alone.

sweat
ran from my asshole
but i feathered the thing

worked it
in a big slow circle.

my nerve didn't go,
i took it faster,
made a figure eight
and nosedived
clean into the little creek
on the south edge.

we were
in the middle
of john kearn's
fallow bean field.

grandpa
strapped wooden blocks
to the gas and brake
of his suburban
with bungee.

he showed me the gist
and where to stomp
the emergency-brake
if i lost nerve,

then he got out,
said certain things
a man needs to figure
alone.

sweat
ran from my asshole
but i feathered the thing

worked it
in a big slow circle.

my nerve didn't go,
i took it faster,
made a figure eight
and nosedived
clean into the little creek
on the south edge.

grandpa set his flask down
put his hand on my back,
said a man usually
gets thrown by his first bull,
that i'd done well.

said it would be some time
before john kearn came back
from the indian casino
to pull us out
with his tractor.

we sat in the sand
next to the creek.

he gave me a small
taste
of the flask,
told me someday
i'd want to ride a woman
like i'd done the
suburban,

how the results
might be similar

but i shouldn't
let that
deter me.

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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.

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JUSTIN HYDE

Justin Hyde lives in Iowa.

This page was first displayed
on October 14, 2011

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