Iowa Writes

Dancing in the Light

Dancing in the Light
on the hallowed ground
that Light 
fills all around.

Dancing in the Light
takes you past the pain
brings you back to 
all the sweet you gained.

Wisdom comes to live
in small corners
it bursts upon your
peace and brings you closer
to serenity.

As that Light bathes
your dance
it lifts your soul
and radiates you
out to us all...

Even as you cross over
and shine on the other side
the Dancing in the Light
is what we live
forever and ever.

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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Diane Kolmer wrote Dancing in the Light after a friend died of breast cancer.  She resides in West Des Moines with her husband, Bill, and her dog, Nellie.  A former lobbyist, she retired at age 42 when stricken with multiple sclerosis.  The Patient Voice Project led her to poetry.

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on May 20, 2014

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