...opting instead for waves of green blades
in the unmowing summer
On the background of red buttons
And whistle-blowing trouble
Backflip off the board
Into the less-than-clear future waters
Electric juiced 4-wheelers grinding gravel
Childproof, of course
Beetles playing guitar
Stag to be exact
To the tune of romance in the Park
All tempered by running heat
Oh the hot mugginess—oppressive corn
And racing through the storm
Fighting back the tears of the sky
Fully-clothed super soaking fun
To touch the car first, you win
Late nights, more correctly,
Wishing on shooting-star dust
A snap of fingers, the flick of a wrist
The trail disappears, only a wisp
Like friends over time
Goodbye grudges, hello 5 a.m.
Weddings not far off
And long ago were the senior days
Good books, better food
Homegrown gardens full of vegetables
Cool lake breeze beside campfire warmth
Unnecessarily necessary heat of logs on the beach
Lemonade and BLTs
A freshly squeezed summer
Bell peppers and peaches
Superb, quintessential, perfect
Never beginning, never ending
Choosing cicada chimes with maple tree shade
Seeking better fishing waters but...
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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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Dustin Renwick is a sophomore journalism student at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Dustin is the Ads Director and frequent contributor to the school newspaper, The Buzz. He is also a hurdler and triple jumper for the men's track and field team.