Iowa Writes


Don't Forget to be Awesome (DFTBA) is the motto of Vlogbrothers, a YouTube channel featuring John and Hank Green, who post vlogs to each other; often talking about important political and social issues of the day.

Sometimes, I browse Facebook,
where my politically inclined friends blast their agendas,
            (thanks, Geoff)
and wonder what the hell is wrong with the world?

There's always
            more propaganda
                       more lies
                                    more rumours
                                                  more fake news—
That tell us
            to be afraid
                        to be angry
                                    to be suspicious
                                                to be hateful—

And it's honestly pretty overwhelming.

Sometimes, I lie on the ground, staring at the ceiling
             (and I can usually breathe)
because the world decidedly blows,
and I wonder if good is gone—
if anyone cares
              about the refugees lost at sea
                            or the people shot down in the street.

But sometimes, I think about the awesomeness in the world.
            When we will not be divided.
            When we fight to decrease worldsuck.
            When we have hope.
            When we Don't Forget To Be Awesome.

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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Devin Hanggi is a junior studying English and Computer Science at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. This is his first publication.

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