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In Iowa, weeping willows dream of
Tigers, born in pagan fog, their
Coat of stripes singing shaman
Songs; shrill symphonies of grief.
Heaven tilts, crashes, and we race
The dirt to get away. We drink the
Earth with bullets of air and grow
Dizzy, light-headed from breathing
Some far off flame. Perhaps a poet
Who braved the fog of Ottumwa, and
Caught fire. Every cowboy has his
Six chances before high noon, before
The fog forms wispy jackals to take
Them home again. Every son inherits
An empty gun, six voids to fill with
Answers, skimmed and guessed from the
Covers of books their fathers used
To read. There is no other way.
In sleeping, I have been to Iowa,
And I learned where wiccans go
To make their bed. I do not know now
If I had dreamed the weeping willow,
Or if it had bent low to dream of me.
In Iowa, there is no such truth, only
Depth, and the shaman's song of grief.
The Ottumwa shaman's song of grief.
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Ottumwa Shaman by ~MineralAccident ( Suggested by LiliWrites and Featured by Beccalicious )
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screechingbanshee Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
From Iowa lol still love it
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Karinta Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Very unusual.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:w00t: Sorry I missed the day itself, but congratulations on the DD! :heart:
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Zee-Who Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Congrats on your Daily Deviation!:squee::heart:
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Solaces Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Oh, this is gorgeous.
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WilliamDallwitz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Wonderful poem!

Really reminds me of this music piece: [link].
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MineralAccident Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Writer
That is one of the most gorgeous guitar tracks I've heard. The sorrow in it makes my bones ring, I like it.

A track that helped influence this, and continues to influence a lot of my writing, is this one: [link]. Maybe you'll like it too.

Thank you for reading.
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WilliamDallwitz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
That's a wonderful piece, thank you. :)
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Nelfan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Since I'm from Iowa this really connects with me. Congrats on the D.D!
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MineralAccident Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad to hear I didn't disgrace Iowa with this. I like to think my father helped me write it, since he was from Iowa. Thank you.
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