I Barely Knew Her
It was raining that day
The parlor was becoming increasingly louder
As the crowd packed inside
It was supposed to be a happy occasion
Because her suffering was finally over
It seemed that half of Newport came
No one smoked that day.
Age: 13, South East Jr. High, Grade: 7
This poem was selected for the 2012 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.