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    Reading this makes me realize just how lucky we are to be Iowans.

    No one who lives here
    knows how to tell the stranger
    what it’s like, the land I mean,
    farms all gently rolling
    squared off by roads and fences,
    creased by streams, stubbled with groves,
    a land unformed by the mountain’s height
    or tides of either ocean.
    A land in its working clothes,
    sweaty with dew, thick-skinned loam,
    a match for the men who work it,
    breathes dust and pollen, wears furrows
    and meadows, endures drought and flood,
    muscles swell and bulge in horizons
    of corn, lakes of purple alfalfa,
    a land drunk on spring promises,
    half-crazed with growth-I can no more
    tell the secrets of its dark depths
    than I can count the banners in a
    farmer’s eye at spring planting.

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    Very nice.

    Quando omni flunkus, moritati. (When all else fails, play dead.)

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