Oh Glorious Day

This Iowa field, this Iowa day.
I stand in the midst of flowers
green grasses waving,
sun’s warmth soaking my skin.
Double hollyhocks stand tall.
Gaillardia faces blush,
edged in sherbet yellow ruffles.
Ethereal clouds float lazily,
cotton ball fluffs
like white misshapen dots
on seersucker blue sky.
Newly painted barn gleams
surrounded by emerald shrubs,
trees and hills.
Ah yes, Iowa,
you are indeed the heartland,
loved by so many.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for global poets. It’s OLN (Open Link Night) and Mish is hosting.
We’ve not lived in Iowa since 1997, but oh the glorious memories we have of our days there. From teaching in a small rural high school, to owning our first home on 30 acres of land, to raising our children in a University town and earning my PhD there. Iowa is known as the Heartland – we surely found it that.

Photo is from Nancy Mast who often posts Iowa farm photos.

24 thoughts on “Oh Glorious Day

  1. Glenn A. Buttkus August 5, 2021 / 3:09 pm

    So lovely, an ode to a state. As they asked in FIELD OF DREAMS, “is this heaven?” answer was,”No, this is Iowa”.

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  2. Brendan August 5, 2021 / 3:20 pm

    My dad grew up in Cedar Rapids. He had a Grant Wood landscape print in his study and I was so enthralled with its rolling, settled plenty. Thanks for the fullness again.


  3. Grace August 5, 2021 / 3:21 pm

    A beautiful heartland. I specially love this part:

    seersucker blue sky.
    Newly painted barn gleams
    surrounded by emerald shrubs,


  4. RedCat August 5, 2021 / 3:32 pm

    Lovely way to take us all there for a visit.
    I especially liked
    “Ethereal clouds float lazily,
    cotton ball fluffs
    like white misshapen dots
    on seersucker blue sky”


  5. Mish August 5, 2021 / 3:33 pm

    Gorgeous descriptions of a wondrous place….”sherbet yellow ruffles”, and “seersucker blue sky” Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve even heard the word, “seersucker”. How creative. I’ve never been to Iowa but it seems lovely!


  6. whippetwisdom August 5, 2021 / 3:52 pm

    What a beautiful love song to Iowa Lillian and I’ve learned a new word in ‘seersucker’ too xxx


  7. Beverly Crawford August 5, 2021 / 4:06 pm

    Every line of your beautiful write applies to my own home in the heartland in Illinois, to the hollyhocks that bloomed beyond the yard fence, and the gallardia, zinnia and petunias that edged my mother’s garden. The photo takes me back as well. Now I’m homesick!!


  8. Lucy August 5, 2021 / 4:17 pm

    Ahh, this is so beautiful! It really makes me want to go to Iowa now. 😀


  9. Gay Reiser Cannon August 5, 2021 / 4:59 pm

    You took me there. The colors, the liveliness of nature, the almost surreal sky – Iowa – the heartland! You made me feel it.


  10. Truedessa August 5, 2021 / 5:14 pm

    Beautiful imagery – I am especially fond of this line

    edged in sherbet yellow ruffles.


  11. Xan August 5, 2021 / 5:45 pm

    I always feel renewed when I return to farm country. (Central IL for me)


  12. msjadeli August 5, 2021 / 6:21 pm

    Gorgeous photo with a gorgeous poem to describe it. Those clouds are so beautiful and more and more mean rain, welcomed rain. I’m guessing it was tough to leave all of that behind.


  13. adda August 5, 2021 / 8:19 pm

    Beautifully said about our wonderful state! So glad you enjoyed your time here, as i certainly enjoyed time with you.


  14. rothpoetry August 5, 2021 / 11:14 pm

    I love your beautiful nostalgic poem. Your descriptions and images are wonderful. It is heartland for sure!


  15. Vandana Sharma August 6, 2021 / 2:56 am

    Ah! beautiful nature 🙂


  16. Ingrid August 6, 2021 / 3:13 am

    Well, I’ve never been there, but you certainly brought it to life for me, Lillian! How beautiful it sounds and looks 💐


  17. Ron. August 6, 2021 / 7:49 am

    Felt it, Lillian! Thanks.


  18. Julie Hoyer August 6, 2021 / 10:06 am

    Beautiful picture, even more beautiful words, Lill! Come and see us on our Iowa prairie sometime. Yesterday we had the privilege watching three monarchs emerging from chrysalis on swamp milkweed in the sand prairie we’ve been nurturing next to the house. Ah, Iowa….


  19. writingwhatnots August 6, 2021 / 11:40 am

    Glorious indeed – beautifully rendered memories.


  20. Helen Dehner August 6, 2021 / 11:50 am

    You took me there Lillian and what a splendid time I had!!!! I’m a born Midwestern gal ……


  21. Sunra Rainz August 7, 2021 / 5:48 am

    What a lovely ode to Iowa. I love these phrases:

    “cotton ball puffs”
    “seersucker blue sky”
    “sherbet yellow ruffles”

    You get taste the summer in this 🙂


  22. Mary (tqhousecat) August 7, 2021 / 8:20 am

    You captured the image with your words so beautifully! I hope your memories reflect the same. Beautiful poem.


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