Iowa Writes


Entranced, induced, and seduced by the peaceful serenity

The quiet but steady breathing next to me is rhythmic and reassuring

Formidable thoughts about tomorrow, wistful reminders about today

What shall plague or possess my sleep tonight?

What demons will trounce my body and mind preying upon my poor tired soul?

Sweating profusely, I am awash in silence and resolute in the fact that I cannot escape these traumatic, sinister thoughts

Slowly sprinting back toward my past I feel relaxed and secure

Nothing can steal or replace those timeless memories

I am almost fortunate tonight

But like a large pendulum in a fine antique clock,

I am constantly looming and swaying back and forth between sanity and insanity

Slowly trudging forward down the long circuitous road

I am enveloped in darkness my body and soul cloaked in an ashen-colored sadness that is like an immovable and impenetrable force

I walk willingly toward the abyss knowing that  there is nobody to support or catch my tired body

Hateful faces leering at me, spurring me on, until I finally succumb to my own worst fears

Mutilated, tortured, and suffocated by a lack of serenity.

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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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Linda Young lives in Pasadena with her husband and their five-year-old Havanese dog, Dudley.  She retired this year after 16 years of teaching first, second, and third grades.  She has attended the Iowa Summer Writing Festival the past two years.

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