Iowa Writes

The Arabian Snow Horse

One cold, snowy morning, I walked outside and saw,
Formed by the wind and snowflakes, a tall, Arabian horse.
She stood still, pure white, strong and graceful.
Her snowflake, flag-like mane and tail rippled in the gushing wind.
She turned, looked at me with beautiful eyes of ice,
Then as soon as she appeared, the wind took her away,
And left behind in the snow, four hoof prints.

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.

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Hannah Valentine is in the seventh grade at South East Junior High School in Iowa City. Her poem was selected for the 2007 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its fifth year, 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 October 18, 2007

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