Iowa Writes

For Shame Upon Reflection

For shame, looking at yourself in the hot iron
Mom had perched on the table beside wrinkled clothes that needed smoothing.
You were so impressed with that 18-month-old mug
And you had been trained to respond to love.
So you kissed the image and burned your face.
The scab that formed over the wound taught you not to look too close.

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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Rick Zollo is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop in fiction (1973) and creative nonfiction (1997). He has been a staff writer at Buckledown Publishers in Iowa City since 1997. "For Shame Upon Reflection" first appeared in 100 Words in 1994 in a slightly different form.

This poem was selected for the 2007 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its fifth year, 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.

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