Iowa Writes

Free Fall

Having learned nothing from experience,
The snow keeps coming,

Trying to be everywhere at once
And jumping to conclusions—

Rush hour,
The traffic is backed up for miles,

A peace-keeping force occupies the capital
And makes a house to house search.

We’ve lost our place in the book
And cannot find it,

The snow has something to say
About everything

And rushes into the present
As if it were coming home.

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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Robert Rehder was born in Iowa. He has been published in numerous literary magazines; his book of poems is The Compromises Will Be Different (Sheep Meadow, 1996). “Free Fall” first appeared in the Iowa Review’s Winter 2004-05 issue.

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