Why Do I Create? A Haiku Series

by Mary Lamphere

I create because
I would die if I didn’t
Truly, that’s no life.

I create because
It’s a crazy world out there
It’s what keeps me sane.

I create because
I would drown in ideas
A shark not swimming.

I create because
I am compelled, out of mind,
I can’t not create.

If I don’t create
Color me Violet and
Bring on the juicer.

Mary is one of several In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Mary’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford.