Iowa Writes


I don't think this is new for you
or at least I hope not
we've been swimming in this for so long
I assume

I went outside
and breathed in the rain
I wanted moisture in my lungs
like you want
beauty in your way

I wonder if you would recognize
joy if I held it up for you
you're definitely not seeing purity
when it's dressed up as something else

I'm not blaming you
when we are taught to see only green
nothing looks lucky

I wish you saw the past
in the same prescription as I do
I get it's not fair to expect the same perspective
from a man who's a whole foot taller

I get that 20/20 in hindsight
only works for those who are looking back
If I could share only one thing with you
it wouldn't be my vision

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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Elizabeth Oshrin Parker is a PhD candidate in the University of Iowa's Couple and Family Therapy program.

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on March 31, 2015

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