RENE PAINE
What Makes Us Visible


We burn through our lives
leaving a tail of glistening, blazing moments
that don't glisten or blaze 'til we look back
We remain that comet,
that heavy rock hurtling through space,
and what makes us visible
is already behind us

RENE PAINE

This poem was selected for the 2012 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

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on July 05, 2012

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