Iowa Writes

Okay or Better

I never really met you & and I will not pretend to know you
Or know you well
But nonetheless I can tell
You're where I have been
Over and over before

Cornered at war.
You are the enemy you've been waiting for
And I
I am wearing your face tonight.
As your bottle empties
I become a mirror image
I am wearing your face
I am dressed in your clothes
I am using your lungs to breathe
I tighten your muscles
Raise your tense self to tiptoes

You tempt a yawn.
Keeping it so-so
I remain polite
And proper

Maintain a "Calmer then you are"
Maintain a "Calmer than you are."
Maintain a "Calmer than you are"

For if I am you
To you
To you
Then strike me like you would
You would
You would

But before you hit my face
And run out to the moon
I just want you to know
I hope you find your
Okay or Better, soon.

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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Picking up a pen and a drawing book, Sean started pursuing writing and art when he was a freshman in high school. . . . His move from California had filled him with angsty hormones . . . he found writing was an excellent cathartic hobby. . . . In 2010 he met Christian Roth and Nick Lapointe at a Nick Lapointe Show . . . and was invited to Voicebox, where he co-Emceed with Brandon Dean for about a year. After a few years hiatus, he returned to emcee Voicebox in 2014 and is still currently rocking the mic in between poets with his honest and unabashed awkwardness towards himself.

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on December 21, 2016

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