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Wind Disrupts Raked Leaves


Item#: 2019SYR03

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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

Wind Disrupts Raked Leaves

poster information


Wind disrupts raked leaves
Once peaceful piles now swirling
whirling dervishly

The inspiration for this haiku was a comparison of two distinctive motions. An evening of entertainment during a trip to Turkey included local dancers, especially Whirling Dervishes. Later the swirling movement of the wind blowing raked piles of leaves in my neighborhood reminded me of those dervishes' mystical whirling.

My creative process can start at any moment, whenever an idea for a haiku pops into my head. Just before I fall asleep at night, I draft potential haiku lines in my mind and memorize the most promising ones. The next day I write down the lines in my mind and further refine them. A haiku is an excellent way to present an idea compactly.

The haiku I chose allowed me to depict Syracuse both physically and metaphorically. The State Tower Building's rich history and classic art deco design is a stalwart symbol of Syracuse's resilience through the winds of social and economic change. For me, autumn highlights Central New York's beauty best. Swirling leaves transforming into a bird aloft perfectly reflects what I see as one city's upward trajectory. As a Syracuse city resident, I am proud to live in a place where we build upon our own unique past to create a brighter future. I am also thankful to work in a local art community which regularly disrupts the status quo to furiously take flight.