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Robert Mengert
Poet
When I decided to enter this, I walked around downtown, in Armory Square and Hanover Square, and I was looking for images that you would automatically associate with the city. In Armory Square, I noticed that sea serpent sculpture that I had seen many times before, and stopped and took a really close look at it. And it struck me, sitting just off the bank of the creek like that, how it was sort of a guardian.

That the artist illustrated a different guardian, I sort of like that. You know, itís funny, my brother is a visual artist and Iíve done a lot of collaborating with him, and thatís sometimes how it ends up working. You have one vision, and you turn it over to an artist, and he creates something entirely different, and you just have to be OK with that. And I like the synchronicity of the sea serpent standing guard on one end of the creekwalk and the water tower on the other end.

Blue wateródragon
of riveted steel facets
Guard well our creekwalk.

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