Poster Image

Salt City Sunrise


Item#: 2020SYR02

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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

Salt City Sunrise

poster information


Salt city sunrise
Reflecting off cool water
Morning fog dissolves.

When I was a child, my family lived in Japan for three years. There I was able to experience the fragrant beauty of the cherry blossoms in the spring. Along with this, we visited the immaculate grounds of the emperor's palace Underneath the bridge that led to this peaceful place swam beautiful koi fish. For three years, Mount Fuji watched over me as I went about my daily tasks.

I saw the dedication of the farmers in the fields planting the rice one plant at a time. In Kamakura, the massive Buddha towered above me. We went to every shrine and temple in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, walking the paths where so many had perished. Their ground zero.

It was here in this enriched environment that I found haiku, or rather, haiku found me. This form of poetry continues to be with me today.

I have lived near and enjoyed Onondaga Lake for over 30 years. It has often been the subject of my art.

This haiku captured a wonderful lake image for me. I saw the landscape from the eagle's view. Although I'm primarily a painter, I also enjoy doing mixed media, and decided to do this poem as a collage. I used repurposed paper: bits of my castoffs, old newspaper, and Syracuse City parking stubs (the stubs often fly around my car's heating vents like feathers). The haiku is presented as cut words to enhance the collage effect.