Iowa Writes


Strange to think of you gone.  The sun still came up in the east this morning.  The dog still needs to be fed.  The porch light is still out.  The neighbor's car still needs a new muffler.  Nothing has changed and everything is different.  You walked out so casually.  I said, "Back at the usual time?"   
          And you said, "I'm not coming back." 
          I stood there, my mouth hanging open, deprived of speech.  I suppose I should have seen it coming.  There must have been signs, indications.  I could think only, "I've missed the bus."  How stupid is that?
          You said, "I'll send for my things." 
          And I said, "Is there someone else?"
          And you said, "Does it matter?"
          I didn't answer, but I thought, Of course it does, you idiot.
          You said, "I'm tired.  I need to go."  And you went.
          In a minute I'll finish this cup of coffee and then I'll gather your things together—all of them—and deposit them in the front yard and set a match to them. 
          To hell with the fire ordinances.

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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