Iowa Writes

KAREN PACE
Poem


My brain reminds me
of a traffic light
red means stop so I won't
get hurt and know
whatever tells me no
for my own good
yellow means caution
to look at what's going
on before going on
green means go ahead
with what's ahead of me

My brain reminds me
of an ocean the waves go
back and forth when I am
sleeping waking and sleeping

My brain reminds me
of a traffic light
red means stop so I won't
get hurt and know
whatever tells me no
for my own good
yellow means caution
to look at what's going
on before going on
green means go ahead
with what's ahead of me

My brain reminds me
of an ocean the waves go
back and forth when I am
sleeping waking and sleeping

But most of all my brain
reminds me of a caterpillar
in a cocoon resting for awhile
until it is ready to take off
its wings creating
a kaleidoscope
of golds in my brain
like a mirror on the wall
seeing my self in it
or an eel going on and off
inside me

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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.

Find out more about submitting by contacting iowa-writes@uiowa.edu


KAREN PACE

Karen Pace was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and ended up in Iowa City twelve years ago. She attends Nazarene Church. She has been writing song lyrics since high school and started writing poetry in July 2005, thanks to the Patient Voice Project. "Poem" is also published as a letterpress broadside by Spout Graphic Press and is available for purchase at Prairie Lights bookstore.

The Patient Voice Project

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on September 14, 2006

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