Iowa Writes

Gaia's Cave

Rattled rivers of fear glide through her thighs
Her own glimmering scarlet waters course to the center of her Underworld
To the forbidden fruit left untasted, the essence of Gaia hides in her cave
Waiting for Orpheus, with his sweet music of abandon
To unlock the entryway with echoes of song and mirth
His hands that so deftly plucked Cupid's harp, will make the walls tremble
And eyes that could see through Athena's biting armor
See what lies at the end of the living tunnel
That welcomes its warrior home...a place inviting, warm
Full of the truth that lies hidden behind the shadows of her eyelashes
That she can cast down no more....because Orpheus would never let her look away
From love so real, it makes the gods jealous

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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Kristy Parker was born and raised in Waterloo and is currently an Art Education major at the University of Northern Iowa. She has been writing poetry since she was 12 years old.

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on April 11, 2006

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