Iowa Writes

the gloaming

we are internetmet
because matchedlove is the future
modern romance means
chivalry is simply deep
in chronosleep
but before it wakes
before the bends set in
do you remember when
we collected rocks
in our white tees
squeals until shirts full
wobbling home
haul in tote
my private eyes
wanting you
wash our bounty
in the tub
that wishful body of water
where we first learn
diamonds do not just
grow in our own backyards
these are the sandbox memories
of curious profanities
sweat and hammers
stammering neighbor girls
swing sets spared of sanding at
expense of slivers

tummies full of
what you whispered under
the crabapple tree
how will I know
deck-dwelling mothers
heat swelling
tears welling
wary of the dirt that
never completely came out
from under our toes


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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Jacob Warehime is a junior English major at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Jacob works as news editor for the college newspaper, Chips, and studies creative writing with his professor, Amy Weldon. This is Jacob's first publication.

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on March 16, 2017

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