I miss working at the capitol.
Convolution the daily milieu.
Faces key to delight.
The basement door leading through a forgotten hallway
I stride across the marble floor,
Uncertainty yields anticipation.
That solitary walk across the mosaic floor
I open the 20 foot Titanic doors,
and swoosh into my corner of solitude,
Bills piled according to status:
The serenity of that lawful citadel,
a satisfying process to cull the day's language
I look for my next gulp of air.
I go back,
like being delivered
I miss those moments.
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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.
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Diane S. Kolmer resides with her husband of 28 years, one dog and two cats in West Des Moines, Iowa. She retired on disability at age 42 due to multiple sclerosis. At time of disability retirement she was a lobbyist for U S WEST. She grew up in Ames, Iowa and wrote this poem as part of The Patient Voice Project.
The Patient Voice Project (http://artshare.uiowa.edu/pvp/index.html) offers free creative writing classes to individuals with chronic and mental illness in the Iowa City area. Created by students at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Arts Share, the classes are conducted in both one-on-one and group sessions and are intended for all age ranges and ability levels.
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