Iowa Writes

Parable of Wheat and Tares

I watch my brother
kneeling to his garden,
sacrificial spade in hand.
Devotee of dahlias,
destroyer of dandelions,
judge between weeds and flowers,
expert at fertilization and mass murder.
He is the angel of the crewcut lawn,
creator and arbitrator
of the boxed, edged, stoned and potted.
He is a lover of all things green,
golden, yellow, orange, purple, white,
Poison to the rest.

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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.

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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 May 20, 2009

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