Iowa Writes


A garden feeds your soul, your family,
your neighbors and nourishes your fishing
worms. Dad's garden provided our lives
with vegetables galore; fresh tomatoes to
die for, kohlrabi treats, hot peppers few
could eat, cabbage that went into the crock
and came out sauerkraut (Aunt Norma's
cancer medicine), endless numbers of
cucumbers, the favorite of grandchildren
bringing 10 cents apiece at garage sales,
and nightcrawlers used for fishing on hot
lazy summer days. Last year we thanked
the earth for these blessings, the soul food
of our family, and buried Dad's ashes among
the fruits and vegetables of his labor.

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 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 June 26, 2009

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