Iowa Writes

Solitude and I

Nobody owns me.
No thing owns me.
But solitude and I
Are good friends.
We walk the streets,
Solitude and I,
Stare into windows,
Check out dumpsters.
Solitude says, "Eat to live,
Don't live to eat," as I
Stuff and swallow quickly
Stale bread and rancid potatoes.
Pleasure doesn't own me.
I take pleasure in that.

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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Gail Ariel Brehio is originally from Southern California. After years in Seattle, she and her husband chose Iowa to move to, after researching ideal places to raise a family. "Three things that are not so ideal: snow, ice, and tornados!" she says.

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