Iowa Writes

Porcelain Memory: Chapter II

Years ago, I tried to slam the door
on past's 'feated face.
I'm cognizant now:
You gave you rights
to call yourself Daddy.
I did not. That pressure—
to give you second,
third, and fourth chances
to pop the beeted knuckles of
strained weight and become
waitless. No Longer
will I wallow in you,
the invisible, festering rage
you refuse to see
the real—you embedded in her,
the woman far behind me
on a vaporous and vertical path.
She is resurrected as "Mommy."

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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Sheena Grove, high school English teacher and Instructional Mentor in Waukee, Iowa, is inspired by the stories of her students. She also prides herself in advocating for their mental health. When writing this poem's first chapter she strove to model the importance of sharing one's story with others. Now, 11 years later, she works to model the strength that can come from doing so over time.

Chapter one of "Porcelain Memory" appeared on the Daily Palette on April 16, 2006.

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