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I Sold Lemonade


Item#: 2018SYR01

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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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Poem Inspiration Location

I Sold Lemonade

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I sold lemonade
Back when times were innocent
And not bittersweet

When I was 10 years old my mother had just had a baby. I wanted to buy a gift for my new little brother. I had this idea of selling lemonade. I bought my little brother some baby shoes with the money I made. This was in the 60's a somewhat carefree, innocent time in upstate New York. Fifty years later I am still selling lemonade at the New York State Fair. The times are quite different. You look at our surroundings and the world we're living in today and you see that things are somewhat bittersweet. We're living in a very chaotic time. Maybe a glass of refreshing lemonade can bring that old feeling back--momentarily.

I was initially drawn to this haiku because of its potential and the visual nature of lemons. There is something kind of lovely about a lemon and their simplicity. As an artist, I hope to capture the power of things unsaid and create work that tells the story. One of the feelings that I took away from reading the haiku was a sense of nostalgia. I wanted the piece to feel like someone's memory from years ago, depicting a simple scene but carrying a strong message.