Iowa Writes

To a Young Waiter

to your well-dressed table
I come, a tired crone,
my mind full of lists,
costs, the ticking clock;
but your eyes twinkle
at the timeless She.
I sigh, smiling, startled awake,
Eyes downcast seeing that you know
what, worn with cares,
I have forgotten, that
shy as maidens, eternal virgins,
Venus breathes us ever new.
The clock has not stopped, but now
your round cups of tea and soup
fit into my palms
like warming stones

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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Sharalyn Pliler has a masters in professional writing from Maharishi University of Management, and is author of The Reluctant Vegetarian Cookbook. Her poetry has previously appeared in This Enduring Gift, an anthology of works by poets from Fairfield, Iowa, where she lives

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on January 19, 2011

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