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Michael Sickler
Poet
My writing process goes all over the place. I know what the illustrators gravitate towards so I decided I would pack the haiku with a lot of visual images that would give them a simple line to illustrate. I thought about the typical February snow in Syracuse and our gray winters. I started thinking about this dual image of fire and water. So, the ashen embers were flakes coming down. At one point, every kid tries to stick his tongue out and catch a snowflake. Hence, the cold fire, because when itís cold, the chill feels like fire. I decided to just create a simple set of images that I know, visually, would appeal to them. I donít know who illustrated it, but Iím obviously dying to see it.

February snow
falling ashen embers leave
cold fire on my tongue.

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