Iowa Writes

Detric's Life

Why am I trying to see when there ain't nothing in sight?
Mom says can't you see I love you
Again nothing in sight
We hold the key to the future but I don't see a future.
I got a good head on my shoulder but I don't see what it's for.
I try to see a brighter future, but things are just too cloudy.
I try to see a better life but all I get is strife.

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 selected for the 2008 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its sixth 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. Detric Coleman is currently in fifth grade.

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on December 24, 2008

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