Iowa Writes

Five Haiku

3 lines, 2 spaces,
17 feet to walk thru;
then,  the unending 

(Inspired by Australian artist Gareth Jones–Roberts's painting Egrets in Morning Light)

on the edge of space
two egrets in morning light
woken from a dream 

The Fall

sudden drop of leaves
a negligée to the floor
trees stand stark naked 

Winter Memo

On seeing snowflakes
written on a piece of bark
I copied this down 

Forest Flowers

tiny white flowers
a constellation of stars
so low yet so high 

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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Ken Chawkin has taught the Transcendental Meditation Program and is currently a publicist for Maharishi University of Management. He has written articles on TM and Consciousness-Based Education, and assisted other writers, editors, and film and television producers with their news stories and documentary films. He draws his inspiration from the underlying liveliness of nature and feels that the creative process is a subtle collaboration between the two. His poems have been published in This Enduring Gift, an anthology of works by poets from Fairfield, Iowa.

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