Iowa Writes

Secrets Found in a dictionary of roadside plants by Marian Edsall

About this romance
with the abundant, the common,
native and immigrant,
tunneling tap roots,
quick reach stalks,
histories as old as need.
Solomon Seal closes wounds.
Yarrow halts bleeding and toothache.
Flax is a poultice for mumps and
Tansy for strains and bruises.
Curly Dock kills nettle sting.
Culver's Root and Wild Iris cathartic.
Strength is in the smoke of Pearly Everlasting.
Vitamin C in Mullein and fruit of Wild Rose.
Boneset wraps breaks.
Bouncing Bet cooks up sweet soap.
Fireweed, Hairy Vetch, Clover heal Earth.
Pass It On.

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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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on April 06, 2009

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