Optical Illusion

In the past few months I’ve been having a lot of fun with word posts on Instagram. I’ve shared a ton of inspirational quotes and favorite passages from authors like Stephen Crane and Ezra Pound and philosophers like Socrates.



I thought it would be fun to create some for my poetry… to clarify I thought it would be easy. It was not. I played around with pictures and fonts and colors for about a half hour before I gave up in frustration. I posted my disappointing final product on Instagram and of course the sizing wasn’t right.


In the end I found that at least for this poem, less is more.Β It doesn’t need a sunny background or a cool font to make it cool or relevant. The accuracy in it is what makes it cool and relevant.


This poem expresses what we’re going through here in Chicago. We’re in that misleading part of the season where we see the big bright sun outside and assume it must be warmer outside. So we run out without our scarf and gloves and are greeted with the bite of the cruel winter wind. We stand shivering in the bright sun as we wait for our trains and buses to take us where we need to go. We’re ready when you are Spring!

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