Poster Image

 Old and Loyal Friend


Item#: 2013SYR12

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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

Old and Loyal Friend

poster information


Old and loyal friend,
waking to find pure fresh snow,
leaps like a puppy.

This particular haiku is really just about the love and loyalty of an old friend and how that love and loyalty is a special joy. Returning that love when the seasons change is kind of a special honor. Traditional haiku often has a seasonal theme, and here, it was winter and the end of our time together. This haiku was one that I had thought about time and again, so I edited it several times before submitting it. When something holds special meaning for you, I think it improves the product, so I was very honored to be selected. Knowing that what I wrote made my wife shed a couple tears was probably my favorite part of this project; this was about a special companion for both of us and she thought this was a great way to honor our old friend.

This haiku stood out to me because I imagined a happy older dog with the spirit and energy of a puppy, excited to find a fresh pile of snow. It reminded me of my Cocker Spaniel, Buddy, who had recently passed away. I kept Buddy's happy face in mind as I drew the dog. My style is lighthearted and cartoony, so I wanted to build on that. I took it on as a challenge to make the dog look like a puppy as well as elderly at the same time.

I had hoped so much that my poster would be chosen to be downtown, and I'm thrilled that it will be! I've wanted to be a part of the Poster Project since I first heard of it. As a young art student, I would see prints in the hallways. I thought, “Wow! That's what you do when you're a senior? That's amazing.” When I saw the large prints downtown, I thought to myself, “I want my work to be here someday.”