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2006 Poster: Anxious to Take Flight


Item#: 2006SYR01

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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

Anxious to Take Flight

poster information


Anxious to take flight,
chrome decked mares at the curb
await Dino knights

One of the things that makes the Dinosaur exciting, once the weather turns nice, is all the great bikes outside, all lined up, polished, showing off. The Dino originally was a bikers' bar, but now, of course, it's a generally popular spot. I think it's fun to see the bikes still there. They make the place seem like an old saloon, with horses tied up outside. I used to go to a lot of old western movies with my dad, and that was a common scene: the horses all tied up and the cowboys going through the swinging doors into the thick of whatever was happening in the saloon. I imagine the horses getting anxious, not wanting to be tied up too long, and I see the motorcycles that way, too. It's like, “Yeah, well, I'm here, but let's get out on the road!”

I'm not at all a motorcycle enthusiast, but I recently discovered that I like drawing motorcycles. One the assignments I had prior to this had a motorcycle in it, and I enjoyed drawing the engine. The engine is very intricate. It's like a complex composition inside the motorcycle.
So when I saw this poem, it gave me another opportunity to draw and paint motorcycles. And when I read the reference to “Dino Knights,” I thought that was fun, because I could put a modern-day medieval spin on it, which I like doing in my art. I said, “Well, knights ride horses, and that gives me an opportunity to put a horse skull in there.” It adds a different touch and ties it back to the actual poem.