Poster Image

Geese Honking Southward


Item#: 2007SYR06

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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

Geese Honking Southward

poster information


Geese honking southward
Over Onondaga Creek—
Whirling dervish leaves

I was watching the geese flying south over the Zen Center. The leaves were being blown through the air by the wind. Onondaga Creek was flowing north, the geese were flying south. There was great commotion, visually and aurally. So I wanted words that captured the movement and the sound—wind, honking—and that also conveyed the feeling of a season coming to an end.

Fall's bittersweet quality is one of a brief crescendo that then dies away. Leaves are falling from the trees, birds are migrating from the area—there's a last flurry of excitement that takes place as fall deepens, before the stillness of winter.

I like animals—especially birds. At home, I live next to a pond. I love to feed bread to the geese and ducks. Also, I thought it was cool the way the poem had them honking over a creek. I've heard birds honking when I'm feeding them, but not when they're flying!

I usually draw funny creatures from my imagination—snail people, elves—that have the same kind of character as the birds for the poster. I don't like sad paintings. I love making funny things. I want people to laugh at my illustrations, or smile! So I wanted the birds to be funny. And I wanted to do something with pink because it goes well with the bright blue creek!