Iowa Writes

harold jackson brings my grandmother daffodils

he called one day out of the blue 
now it's bingo every tuesday at the legion hall 
and sundays after church service 
they drive to cedar rapids for brunch 
then west 
towards keystone 
the steep cemetery on the hill 
where her Richard is buried
then further north 
down a twisting gravel road
along the iowa river 
past marengo 
a spot overlooking 
an eagle's nest 
where he and Edna 
took picnics for 
forty three years before she 
went dust last august 
and he buried 
a fistful of her right 
there along with 
that norway 

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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Justin Hyde lives in Des Moines, where he works as a parole officer. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in psychology in 2001.

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on November 04, 2007

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