Iowa Writes

For Mom

I've loved you and I have missed you for so long now that the many years with out has caused the breath of my soul to let go...
It doesn't mean I stopped loving you. It only means I gave you your freedom, I gave you that space. But I will still cry in the morning, I'll still find myself laughing at one of your silly antics. I'll still scan faces in the crowds everywhere I go. It only means that my arms will be open wider when you finally love me enough to let me come home.
I want to say I'm sorry for the times I didn't treat you as good as I should have. I want to make any excuses for my behavior.
Please forgive me my dearest Mamo

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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Tina S was a prisoner at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women when she wrote this piece, which was read during a public performance in Shambaugh Auditorium by the Women in Exile Project.

The Women in Exile Project is a collaboration between the women at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women, volunteers from the Women's Resource and Action Center, the Women's Archive at the University of Iowa Libraries and the Art Education Department at the University of Iowa. The project has worked with a select group of women at ICIW to publish a series of memoirs and images. The memoirs will become a part of the Women's Archive and the images part of a permanent collection located at the Women's Resource and Action Center.

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