Iowa Writes

The Picture

You walked through the door into the long gone.

I wanted that, maybe.

I surely rid myself of you, when I burned your picture, all I had of you.

Your beaming angel skin,

The glistening blue lazers of your eye smile, you. . .

I thought you were gone, a crisp.

But you are there, not where I ripped the match into flame,

To float you away on an ash,

You are back, you feather float through the air, then dive,

like a steel spike to the back of my eyes into my soul.

You wrap your memory into my insides. You.

I see the picture, it is you-


Will you ever waft out of me to smoke?

Can I forget? 

Or are you the ghost chains that haunts forever? 

Please. . . release me.

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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Douglas Lang grew up in Des Moines.  He graduated from Drake University, where he is still an active alum.  Although he lives in Dallas, Texas, where he serves as a judge, he has returned for several years to participate in courses at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.  Doug claims Iowa as his primary home roots.

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