Iowa Writes

Seasonal Employment

The itinerant rain is back,
looking for its old job,
cozying up by making sleep
a sweeter luxury
than all the silences of snow.

We hear it first in the gutters,
a tin-pan tapping,
then a thin brush
on the windows,
a drowsy downbeat.

Soon, the whole roof
is a loose improvisation,
and we nest deeper in our pillows,
won over for another year,
the rain already busy making green.

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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Neal Bowers is the author of eight books, including Out of the South (poems), Loose Ends (a novel), and Words for the Taking (nonfiction). He is currently Distinguished Professor of English at Iowa State University and lives in Ames with his wife Nancy and their six special-needs cats.

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on December 13, 2007

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