spiraling around the mailbox pole, they climb, climb brief springtime neighbors!
Our thanks to Michelle Miles, (Amman, Jordan, 2016 and youngest sister of this blogger), for her comment on our last blog, (Waiting for Spring to Spring!), in the form of this richly evocative haiku. We think you’ll agree, her words could easily describe the Clematis, Morning Glory or Honeysuckle you’ve seen lately snaking up mailboxes, lampposts and telephone poles–all reaching for Spring’s blue sky!
Around Central New York, you may have also noticed red-tinged Peony buds and purple-budded Irises shooting up in freshly mulched flower beds. Frequent Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Audia Denton (Ithaca) cheerfully describes how good the colors of Spring can make us feel in her 2011 haiku:
Shoot forth stems of Spring hues from every source waving flowers smile at us
Fragrant and colorful Lilacs are making their appearance now, too, while Apple and Cherry blossoms are filling out many a bare-limbed orchard. Another of our frequent contributors, Jennifer Groff (Lancaster 2013), celebrates all the blooming going on with this wonderful Springtime haiku:
flowering trees flaunt voluptuous silky blooms of new spring dresses
Springtime in Central New York is also grey baby goslings vying for space with afternoon golfers on bright green golf courses. It’s a family of black turtles sunbathing on half-sunk tree logs along the Erie Canal. It’s blue Robin eggs spied in a new nest. Norma Odell’s (North Syracuse) 2014 haiku vividly describes another Springtime activity:
Bobbing goldfinches Upon purple coneflowers Ignore my feeders
Lest we forget, nothing says Spring like the smell of freshly mowed grass or the smell of rain after days of dry weather. Our featured haiku poster is from our 2006 collection. Written by Sheila Forsyth and illustrated by former Syracuse University Illustration student, Elizabeth Black, it lends itself well to Spring musings, doesn’t it?
Rain beads on petals / Thornden among the roses / After passing storm
Spring flowers, Spring smells, Spring sounds and Spring sites…ah, joy!