Observe these mystics who
devote themselves to
They are believers who wrap
their beauty in spines and wrinkles.
Their meals are simple, few
and deep, their minds abandoned
to the wall.
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.
Happy National Poetry Month!
April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate the importance of poetry with us by reading work by Iowa-identified poets!
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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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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