Iowa Writes

Bring It

How can I relate to you?
How can I empathize?
You certainly don't know what it's like,
when you're Teflon to gravity and impervious to pain,
when walls don't contain you,
every object becomes a weapon,
and badly dressed villains want to destroy you and your kin.
I didn't sign up for this.
Many days I wonder if it's worth it.
Some of you bemoan loneliness at the top.
Imagine being me.
The world is different to me, warped and fuzzy and loose,
with occasional life-ending threats shooting out of the night,
stacked like planes waiting to land.
That's right.
I'm not you.
When those threats come, with
a crack of knuckles,
cape flapping behind me,
I smile
for now the world is right.

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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Michael earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Indiana University.  He attended the Advanced Novel Writing and Novel: The Next Draft workshops at the University of Iowa in 2012 and 2013, where he studied with Susan Taylor Chehak and Sands Hall.  He's a banker by day and a writer by night.

This week we are celebrating Michael's "Superhero Poems": Hindsight, Masked, and Bring It.

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