Iowa Writes

Sound on Sounds on Silence: An Iowa Rain

I will not light incense tonight
To purify the air
Because there is a rumble some miles away
And quickly grows closer. It's here
And leaves again --- to come back even closer,
Even louder. It's here:

Sound on silence.
The sound of almost infinite droplets, everywhere,
On sounds on the silence of the early eve,
On sounds of the animals and plants bathing
            and the trees quietly demanding,

And a flicker on silence.
Light on light, On the light
grey of clouds also almost infinite; everywhere.

Another rumble. This one beginning here and
      becoming farther.
Then a sheet of droplets tripling the almost infinite
      of before. ---- Sound on sounds on silence,
--- Covers and wipes everything clean with, "Yes!"

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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Andrew Josephs transplanted himself to Iowa in 1979 to participate in the peace-creating TM group in Fairfield. His muses are the quiet yet innovative innocence, love and creativity he finds in nature, in the Fairfield community, through meditation and in the heart of his wife, Gina.

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