Iowa Writes

Living Withing A Circle

Not knowing what lies beyond
No courage to go and see
Nothing but space ahead
Space that will always be there

No beginning to start at
No end to be found
Nothing to look back on
No memories to cherish

Your mind is wiped blank
There is nothing to know
Each step only brings you back
Nothing to choose from

As sameness surrounds you
And no way to escape
What is holding you back
Your life that goes in a circle

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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Courtney Staudacher is in the eighth grade in Harding Middle School. She wrote her poem last year.

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on May 21, 2006

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