Iowa Writes

Dream in Blue

There's a dream Helen has endured her entire life. A darkness, a dampness, and all those voices always whispering. She can no longer look to the horizon, no longer squinting hard, eyes crow-footing over her temples, pupils trying to shatter the line between coast and valley, sea and sky, here and there, trying to crack all the strangeness of her foreignness. No, she looks inland now, into her sea, down the narrow lanes between the dusty huts swept with dusty palms, and even darker and narrower lanes of huts dusty with each kicking footfall. And it's there in those dark places she exists wholly separate from everything else, feeling the strangeness of the stagnant hot air in her cell and the moonless sky and the skittering tap-tap of the little beetle legs skit-skittering over dead palm leaves, brown and papery.

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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Keanan Faruq currently resides in Iowa City where he's completing an MFA at the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program.  He sorely misses all of the places he's never been and regrets never writing all of the things he's never written.  One day he hopes to find true happiness in the most unexpected of places.

Dream in Blue is the second in a series of three poems.  The next one will appear tomorrow.  If you missed the first one, be sure to check out yesterday's page.

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