Iowa Writes

Brief Glimpse Into My Eyes

First, the view from afar:
             Some have barren arms while others have elbow joints
                          of gold

Second, the view of the naval:
             The heart gets all the credit, but the lungs circulate the

The view of the unseen realm:
             You persist my insecurities at inopportune times while
                          self-security shines (at other times)                  

Now, fourth, the address to the thing no one can reach:
             If happiness was ignorance you were the happiest of all

Then, fifth, the address to the thing most difficult to grasp:
             If happiness was knowledge, you are miserable

The address to the thing everyone wants and dreads:
             If happiness were pertinent, you wouldn't need it at all

And to the lonely:
             An erect bicycle waits

And to the passerby:
             I ignored you by choice but I didn't want to

To object on my desk:
             A perfect circle with ridges and bumps

A brief glimpse into my eyes:
             Is it just the waiting that keeps us going or do we keep
                          going to wait?

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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Sophie Amado is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Iowa.  She's a double major in Spanish and English (in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Track). Although she typically writes both fictional and nonfictional prose pieces, during the Fall 2012 semester she took a poetry seminar and now enjoys writing poems about either her Iowa City or Chicago surroundings, her family, and her travels.  This summer she plans to study abroad in Spain and hopes to produce some writing pieces from the experience as well.

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