Iowa Writes

Night Stalker

Jack works for International Harvester
on the third-shift assembly line of death
shrink-wrapping flash-frozen victims.

As the Garden Club he's known as a
lady killer. I wonder who'll be next.
Just last week Lily's heart stopped cold
when she felt his hands around her neck.
Poor Rose died in her sleep
the minute he came in her bed.
His lips were the kiss of death.

He's a mass murderer
who's been around forever—
a signature killer who
stalks the garden paths at night
and leaves his victims
straightjacketed in white

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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 July 06, 2009

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