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 Snow Spins Through Streetlights


Item#: 2020SYR08

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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

Snow Spins Through Streetlights

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Snow spins through streetlights,
delicate silver threads of
downtown's winter cloak.

This haiku was inspired by the years I spent working in downtown Syracuse (and my weakness for alliteration!). Sometimes, the best way to determine how heavily it's snowing on a winter evening can be to look at the rows of streetlights and observe the speed and volume of snowflakes that tumble through their glow — the twirling, dancing effect on a snowy night can be mesmerizing. And when the snow begins to accumulate, it has a quieting effect — a layer that settles like a blanket, muffling the sounds of the city and creating a sense of stillness. With the word “spins,” I tried to capture that frenetic energy that comes with the onset of a heavy snowfall, but also nod to the way the snowflakes ultimately weave together into something bigger than themselves alone.

I selected this haiku because of its strong imagery. I was easily able to visualize the snowy spectacle as soon as I read it.

It was important to me to include elements unique to the city of Syracuse like the Crouse College of fine Art building silhouetted in the background.

Anyone who has spent a winter in this city is familiar with beautiful, but freezing scene illustrated here.