Iowa Writes

Snow Globe

A flask of white snow among fir trees, spiraling,
And a little white bear unbroken in the journey
By air.

My aunt has written,

            "Some snow from France, in memory."

And the water from another globe my mother sent me
For Christmas that broke one year, the hobby horse carrousel,
Crystals seeping in every corner of the kitchen,

A snow scene never leaving --

Adrienne Rich recalling Citizen Kane's "Rosebud" and
Happiness of youth.

St. Augustine once wrote about Temptation,

            "Swallows are always flying overhead; just
            Don't let them nest in your hair . . . ."

The hour glass of time is over-turning.  I want
To relive my life.

Come rest in my hair, wintery snows of yesterday;
Illumine my memory, your light residing
The cold nights,

The taste of you cold on my tongue.

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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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Yvonne Tomek has been an attendee of The Iowa Summer Writing Festival for several years.  Her poems have appeared in the Birmingham Review, Valley Voices, Tapestry, The Best of Mississippi: Poetry, and Pompa.  Her volume of poetry, A Second Season: Poems in Two Languages, was published in 2008.

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