Iowa Writes

KELSEY BERRYMAN
The Shiny Tree


In the park
When I was little
There was a tree

Next to the basketball courts
Surrounded by playing kids
Dropping red petals

The only shade
In a desert wave
Of play
Mothers sat there
And watched their kids

Beloved
Worn smooth by pants
Shined
As if of plastic

In the park
When I was little
There was a tree

Next to the basketball courts
Surrounded by playing kids
Dropping red petals

The only shade
In a desert wave
Of play
Mothers sat there
And watched their kids

Beloved
Worn smooth by pants
Shined
As if of plastic

The only tree
That I ever climbed
Loved
Remembered
Cherished
An institution

Unreal
Too smooth
Too perfect

Expansion
A facelift
Not trendy enough
Gone was the sand
Replaced
Fake plastic

Too perfect
To be real
Shone smooth
Cut down

No protests
Not even a stump
Only fading memories
RIP shiny tree

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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.

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KELSEY BERRYMAN

Kelsey Berryman grew up in Southern California and always loved reading and making things up. When she was trying to pick a career she decided to meld her two loves and become a writer. She is currently getting her degree in writing from the University of Iowa.

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on February 05, 2013

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