Iowa Writes

AMELIA COLWELL
The Award


God won an award—
A navy blue ribbon—
for being awesome

God took his ribbon home,
Hung it on the fridge,
And left it there two months.
He liked the way the letters sparkled

God lost his award
One day when he was reading
A book about dreams
He checked out from the library

The water boiling for the manicotti
Spilled over to the stove
So God marked his spot—
Dreams about spiders—
With his blue ribbon

God won an award—
A navy blue ribbon—
for being awesome

God took his ribbon home,
Hung it on the fridge,
And left it there two months.
He liked the way the letters sparkled

God lost his award
One day when he was reading
A book about dreams
He checked out from the library

The water boiling for the manicotti
Spilled over to the stove
So God marked his spot—
Dreams about spiders—
With his blue ribbon

God had laundry to do that day
so he asked his neighbor
to drop his dream
book in the return slot
on his way downtown.

His neighbor felt obligated,
since the dog had chewed
a hole in God’s tire swing,
and God watched the kids
last May
when the baby was jaundiced
in the natal unit
under a buzzing light.

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About Iowa Writes

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.

Find out more about submitting by contacting iowa-writes@uiowa.edu


AMELIA COLWELL

Amelia Colwell was raised in Waterloo, Iowa.  She studied  psychology and social work at the University of Iowa.  She now lives  and works in Minneapolis.

This page was first displayed
on October 09, 2006

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