Iowa Writes

Listen To Me

       Why do people always say that?  Why do they never say, "Talk to me, tell me?"  No, they want you to stand there, motionless, taking it all in.  And it's never pleasant.  Never anything you want to hear.  Always something you've done wrong or a warning.  Something they think you're contemplating.  More often than not, they're right, but it's damned unpleasant all the same.  And they assume you haven't got a brain—that you don't know to look both ways when you cross the street or run like hell if a stranger offers you a ride.  This, when you are small.  As you grow up, the admonitions change, but nothing changes, really.  Just the nature of the warnings, the scoldings.  "I told you to come straight home."  "You know to call if you're going to be late."  "That boy is trouble."  On and on.  You would think it would be different when you're grown, when you're married.  But it isn't.  Just someone else to listen to.

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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Marian Wade is a native of Kansas City and has lived in Prairie Village, Kansas for more than sixty years.  In 2012, she hopped on a bus, rode to Iowa City for the Summer Writing Festival and is currently working on a trilogy about the French Revolution.

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