Poster Image

2005 Poster: Heron Stands Upright


Item#: 2005SYR08

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Heron Stands Upright

poster information


heron stands upright
tail feathers brush stream waters
teaching me stillness

I go to the Zen Center, in the Valley, for sitting meditation. After sittings, I often walk along Onondaga Creek, especially in the summer, when there's no snow there.

So I was walking along the creek and crossed a little footbridge. I was standing on the footbridge, looking upstream, and I saw a heron. It was standing there so still—the way they do, with the beak held horizontal—with the stream water flowing around its legs.

The line I wrote was, “tail feathers brush stream waters,” but it was the other way around, actually stream water brushing tail feathers. Somehow, between the stillness of the bird and the motion of the stream, I just found it very beautiful.

So that's what happened: I did the sitting, I came out and did the walk, and there was my teacher, standing perfectly still.

When I think of poster design, I think of iconic imagery—something that captures the viewer's attention in a glance. And I think if one is to design a poster the typography and the image must speak to one another. The classic art deco posters do this fabulously and that is what I attempted to do.

I chose this poem because I believe that the heron is not only iconic to Syracuse but to all of Central NY as well. From the Utica Marsh to the Canal to Syracuse the heron is everywhere in all its serene beauty.