Iowa Writes

The Palm

My palm travels with me to all my destinations, it sees all that I see, it feels the world around it, always probing deeper with its sense of touch, its sense of feeling, the lines of my palm mark it, proving that the palm belongs to me, my palm is my palm, you cannot have my palm, my palm’s travels differ from those of your palm, my palm’s oils smeared different windows with its wonderings of what lies behind the freshly cleaned glass, if my palm were to talk expressions of touch such as texture, rough, smooth, cold, hot, clean, dirty, the language of the palm, if the journeys of the palm revealed themselves then the dust of a thousand lifetimes crammed into one piece of flesh revealing ancient secrets long forgotten, and now revisited in the depths of the lines that make my palm mine, my markings my identification, no one else’s mine all mine, not a single person can take it away from me, till I die and it returns to earth to journey in a new manifestation of life, going on amazing journeys, giving aid to new writers to write new and wonderful books of ideas that only now just begin to emerge, the world constantly changing and my palm along with it, as its oils are cleaned from the windows helping a man to earn a living, my palm as a piece of the environment interacting helping to create, the cradle to my fingers giving them the ability to make these words possible, my palm that some say can tell my fortune and the happenings of my life, the palm that insults those that get in its path on a rage no control, no constraint, my palm leaving its print in a red mark upon your fragile face.

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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Matthew Alan Bovard was born in Iowa City and grew up in Fairfield. He is 21 years old and is currently enrolled at the University of Iowa where he is working on a degree in English and theater.

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on March 06, 2007

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