Poster Image

Winter's White Blindfold


Item#: 2020SYR13

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

Winter's White Blindfold

poster information


Winter's white blindfold
blankets fields of dormant grass.
Blue jays bloom in trees.

Sometimes a poem just happens. That's how this haiku came about. I was busy doing my least favorite chore after breakfast one late December morning. When I looked up from the sudsy water, I saw the naked maple tree in our backyard adorned with blue jays against the backdrop of a snow-covered field. How could I not put it into a poem? The haiku is the perfect form for the swift and indelible impression created by a sudden flash of beauty. It needs no embellishment. It wants only to be seen in the mind's eye again and again.

When I was an undergrad at the University of New Haven, I would spend a lot of my free time with the local wildlife. One of my favorite creatures around campus was the blue jays. I enjoyed being around them whenever I'd read underneath my favorite patch of trees. I used my memories of walking through the trees and listening to the birds to inspire the design of the poster. I tried to give each bird its own spirit and personality to reflect the beauty and wonder in our everyday wildlife. Since my days in Connecticut, I have been writing for the Syracuse Woman magazine and exploring the exciting world of freelancing art and writing.