Poster Image

In Still Moments On


Item#: 2009SYR11

Purchase Details

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.

You also receive…

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

Medium- and large-format posters are available by custom order. Contact us for details.

In Still Moments On

poster information


In still moments on
my porch, I watch the crimson
dragonflies watch me

I saw my first dragonfly when I was six years old. My dad told me that dragonflies were good to have around because they ate mosquitoes. I remember the moment when I wrote this haiku. I was sitting on my back porch, one of my favorite places to write to gather in the beauty of summer.

I have this lounge chair and sit in the shade of my magnolia tree and look out at our long, green backyard. Near the chair is a little table for my poetry notebook and pen. I saw a dragonfly, a deep crimson one, fluttering on our forsythia bush. I caught its gaze and it hovered in the same place for awhile. We watched each other, the dragonfly and me.

I chose this haiku because I felt it had the strength and flow of a traditional haiku. I instantly thought of the image after reading it for the first time.

As a poster, I wanted the illustration to have a bold design, incorporating text directly into the image. I chose to overlay the text onto the shirt and crop in on the face to make the person anonymous. It is important that the figure be universal so that the image can relate to a variety of people.

I flattened the physical space by dividing the piece into two large swatches of color. This put the focus on only the important information: tea, toast, and the dragonfly. For me, they symbolize relaxation, and the casual feeling of the porch.