Iowa Writes

A Piece of a Rainbow

I choose to say it was a good omen
when flying from Istanbul to Adana
I saw a piece of a rainbow
in between clouds off to the left
not in an arch but a horizontal column.

This ribbon of rainbow hung amidst
huge puffy clouds was a surprise like
a jeweled bracelet found lying in snow
or that bit of varicolored coral
suddenly discovered in the blue of the sea.

The rainbow piece floated parallel to us,
pacing the plane, like a parrot fish
swimming out of sight, darting back again,
or that instantaneous gleam in the eye
when you realize that someone loves you.

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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Wanita Zumbrunnen was born, raised, and educated in Iowa. She has a Ph.D in English from the University of Iowa. At present, she is teaching English, speech, and communication classes to military members at the Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey.

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on January 25, 2007

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