Poster Image

Round Lake's Cloud and Tree


Item#: 2019SYR12

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.

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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

Round Lake's Cloud and Tree

poster information


Round Lake's cloud and tree
reflections rippled by the
dragonfly's sweet kiss.

There is nowhere I feet closer to God than when I am in nature. My favorite walk is around Green Lakes, especially once I get to smaller Round Lake, which gives me a more intimate, immediate connection to what feels holy in the world. It is always different—as with the dragonfly's kiss momentarily rearranging the reflections—and yet I always feel welcomed home as I am embraced by the trees, the springy response of the soft path underfoot.

Growing up I used to write a lot of haiku; a few were even published in the school district's literary magazine. I was going to be an English teacher but became an art teacher instead. This wonderful Poster Project has brought me 'round circle, reconnecting me with both my loves in one poster. What a privilege and a delight!

I was inspired to illustrate this haiku because of my years spent by the local waterways. When I was told that the haiku was about Round Lake in Green Lakes State Park, a favorite for many years, I knew this was the project for me.

As a quiet fan of the dragonfly, I have watched them in amusement, thinking about the many positive symbols of this magical insect. Two of the symbols that came to me for this haiku are “change” and “light.” I chose to illustrate small images of new, recently built structures and older structures that over the years have made new changes and have improved the look of the Central New York area in the wings of the dragonfly. The water rippled by the dragonfly illustrates the spread of the changes in our CNY community. When our community enjoys these structures by visiting them, our community flourishes.