The Daily Palette Vintage

Picnic at Hinden

We came here years ago,
remember. We stood
in lines with all the others,

throwing eggs across
zigzag like bootlaces
taking one step backwards

every time. The day was fat
& glassy like a paperweight.
Surprise and no surprise

to find inside it, then,
a yellow cow, after Chagall,
a red bird, blue flowers,

a woman folding her arms
around a man & vice versa,
he lifting her up.

The Daily Palette Vintage

The Daily Palette is pleased to introduce its new Project Coordinator, Jennifer Erixon.

During the month of February we will feature selected artists and works from the Palette's archive.


This poem originally appeared in Volume 5, Number 1 of 100 Words, a journal published by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program between 1993 and 1998. Each piece in the journal had to be 100 words or fewer, and each issue had a theme. This issue's theme was "On Memory."

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on August 08, 2018

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