Iowa Writes

NAN LUNDEEN
Companion and Mathilda Lundeen


Companion

My little dog
keeps me company
while I brush my teeth.
Nobody else I know
will do that.


Mathilda Lundeen

The wintergreen she rubbed into her knee
mingled
with roses.

I still see her
at age eighty, picking up her skirts
and wading through the creek
to search out
shy ferns hidden in the bluffs.

Companion

My little dog
keeps me company
while I brush my teeth.
Nobody else I know
will do that.


Mathilda Lundeen

The wintergreen she rubbed into her knee
mingled
with roses.

I still see her
at age eighty, picking up her skirts
and wading through the creek
to search out
shy ferns hidden in the bluffs.

Or gathering the eggs
scratching chicken dirt with her fingernail,
"Bosh, a little manure can't hurt you."

She argued with her children
stalked upstairs, blue eyes
ablaze,
insisted on molasses in the rye.

Her mother died
when she was eight
and Gram saw her
one night on the stairs.

In her rocking chair, stitching
quilt blocks,
"That was Judith's party dress
and that Aunt Clara's apron,"
she wove
long stories
about Cynthia's cow, goblins, and British generals‚?

Snuggled close in bed
we whispered late at night
about romance, boyfriends.
"I don't trust that one.
Eyes too close together."

She was right.

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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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NAN LUNDEEN

Poet Nan Lundeen, who grew up on a farm in Clinton County, Iowa, is a staff writer for The Greenville News in Greenville, South Carolina. Her poem "Crate" won best of issue in the South Carolina Writers Workshop 2002 Anthology. Her poetry has been published in small literary magazines.

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on March 11, 2006

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