Iowa Writes

First Time, Last Time

The first time I saw her's pretty face,
so young, too shy, eager to be included,
she was part of the church youth group,
only fifteen. I, just home from a Rotary
student exchange year abroad, wore a shock
of blond hair grazing my older and more
sophisticated brow, was a senior reconnecting
with a popular crowd of old school friends.

We went steady four years, even after I went
on to college ahead of her, until she said she
wanted to date someone else on campus. We
stayed  off and on a couple more shifting years
until I gave her a diamond ring for her birthday,
and because it had been six years. She said
yes because she'd just lost a beauty pageant and
she knew I loved her.  We had already
been a couple for a long time.

Only two years after our wedding, she began
secretly seeing another man.  Kept me in the dark
for six months, because I wanted to believe she
hadn't stopped loving me despite her weekend
absences and our loss of intimacy.  Finding out
her treachery from phone records was agony.  She
confirmed my fears a last time we passed, without
touching, through a house that never was our home

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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Bonnie Manion attended the UI's Summer Writing Festival in 2008. She has published approximately 170 poems over the past eight years and mostly writes about death, cancer, aging, prison, nature, the angst in human relationships, and spiritual matters.

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on August 05, 2009

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