Iowa Writes

Hickory Hill Bark Park

Trail offers hikers and skiers relief
Each entrance sign posted: "No Dogs Off Leash"

'Cept Bloomington Street, where no sign exists
Dog owners know better, but can't resist

Letting their barking friends roam, chase, take flight!
"Aw, he's just being friendly! Spike won't bite!"

I came for a peaceful walk in the woods.

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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This poem was chosen for Poetry in Public 2008, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Poetry in Public celebrates Iowa City's rich literary tradition and local writing talent by displaying poems by writers of all ages in city buses, a downtown kiosk, community centers, and the public library.

Iowa City Public Art Program site

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on September 03, 2008

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