Iowa Writes

April Snow

Small flecks of white shot from the gray
April sky on a frigid wind.  Almost horizontal.
Pelted my face.  Just enough snow to say,
"It can't be."  April. No sense to it.  The tree buds
Shivered in the arctic gale.  Many froze and fell
Into piles of nascent leaves that would never grow. 
Spring flowers wilted in the frigid blast.  Drooped
Down from a high perch that had reached toward the sun. 
Snow in April?  In Iowa? Not here. Not now.

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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