Iowa Writes

JENNIFER MALLY
Backyard Fairies


The grass is moist and cool.
It tickles the back of my neck
with rough, torn edges—
broken blades
from random footsteps,
a child's shortcut across the lawn,
a dog
chasing after
a teasing moth.

A lone cricket
serenades me,
a timeless, melancholy song,
and I am lost for a moment
in the lush, green forest
searching.

Soft winds
disturb a bed of sweet
lavender
and bring me
a delicate mixed aroma
of gentle blooms
and fresh grass clippings.
A memory flashes
of my sister and me
prancing around the lawn,
little fairies
with flowers in their hair.

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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JENNIFER MALLY

This poem originally appeared in Volume 5, Number 6 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 Garden."

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on May 26, 2009

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