Iowa Writes

LAURA SWEENEY
Old Geyser


John, the Jackrabbit,
a former municipal judge,
practices law at 85, 
toddling around the office
saying "okleedoke".
A Korea Vet, '55-56,
and Freedom Flight honoree,
he made some noise
yesterday in DC.
Like the Mississippi group
before him, the Jackrabbit
broke the barricade on Tuesday,
despite the government shutdown.
While young politicians schmoozed,
the old geyser, never a bystander,
raised his voice, claimed his space,
displayed the common sense 
of dignity.

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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LAURA SWEENEY

Laura Sweeney is adjunct faculty in Anthropology at Des Moines Area Community College, and a rostered Iowa Arts Council teaching artist.  She co-facilitates a writing enterprise, Writers for Life, which offers grant-funded creative writing workshops throughout central Iowa.  Her first published essay appeared in the anthology Farmscape: The changing rural environment.

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