The promised light of December’s Winter Solstice seems to have temporarily disappeared behind grey clouds this January in Central New York. Along with cold temperatures, lingering patches of icy dirty snow have also made for some rather bleak days here. But for the brief moments of morning sun, or the colorful flight of cheerful Cardinals and noisy Blue Jays, cloudy skies remain the dominant trademark of Winter in Syracuse. While a backdrop of grey is not wholly unexpected this time of year, we certainly could use some clear, blue skies!
As you might expect, writing haiku brings a whole new perspective to cloudy and grey. And, it’s a perfect antidote for cabin fever. Digging through our archives of wonderful haiku contributed over the years by Central New York poets, we found a few which might give you pause to reflect before going completely stir-crazy!
Frequent Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Jay Cox (Pompey 2007), vividly taps into our search for blue skies while braving the cold on a wintry Syracuse day:
Blue sky illusions scrape Winter’s gray haze—slogging numb down Salina
Pamela Lynch’s (Oneida 2013) graphic haiku brings an artist’s eye to this discussion of grey Winter skies which can indeed be quite stunning at times:
Fronts collide to paint Phenomenal cloud skyscapes Swirling overhead
From Elizabeth Patton (Elbridge), the ominous feeling of another impending storm is quite striking in this evocative 2005 haiku:
Iron sky holding back the snow; the roar of rail cars, then grave quiet
Frequent Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Janine DeBaise (Kirkville 2002) and Associate Professor of Printmaking at Syracuse University, Holly Greenberg, worked together to create this remarkable poster from our 2006 Series. Clearly, you can find beauty on a stark Winter’s day.
Snow sweeps the sidewalk / Piles fluff onto bare branches / Turns gray to glisten
geese skim the river as clouds gather overhead bittersweet season
Hope you’ve enjoyed these few samplings from our archives. It’s wonderful how writing Haiku provides a way of expressing deep emotions and seeing nature from a variety of perspectives with just a few words. So, when Winter’s grey is making you blue, write a Haiku!