Pink clouds dot the sky Black crows fly past crescent moon A change of weather
by Peter Allen (Syracuse 2013)
Whether or not you care much about the weather, it is one of the major topics of conversation anywhere, anytime, anyhow, no matter the day or the time of year. It pretty much affects everything around us and everything we do. We, at Syracuse Poster Project, would rightfully guess that we receive more haiku written about weather–like the fine poem above–than about any other subject!
Changes in the weather often signal a change in the season, too. For instance, in Central New York today, while the calendar may say Spring, the weather these past few weeks has been mostly cold, dismally grey and, well…cold. In fact, on St. Patrick’s Day–usually a fine day to celebrate the imminent arrival of Spring–there were snowbanks here that were as high as an elephant’s eye! The tulips and daffodils that had started to peek out from the cold March ground were quickly sent packing.
Moving from March to April isn’t always easy or fast. Thank goodness for Haiku to put this change of season into perspective! Take, for example, this poignantly expressive haiku from frequent Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Jay Cox (Pompey, 2001):
Treetops’ sprawling arms tremble, holding pale gray sky– snow patches linger.
Or, consider the perspective found in this uplifting haiku from Anton Ninno (Syracuse, 2008):
Last snow of the year crashes down, heavy and wet young buds shake it off
From Craig Overbeck, (Fayetteville, 2015), a stirring haiku with an artistic glimpse of what awaits us this Spring:
To the south, rain falls. Gray brushstrokes sweep from dark clouds To paint the hills green.
We think you’ll agree, this warm and delightful haiku by Rachel Guido deVries (Cazenovia, 2001) enriches any conversation about the weather or change of season. Her words create a feeling beautifully captured in this poster from our 2015 Series by former Syracuse University Illustration student, Lise Sukhu. To see more of Lise’s artwork, click here.
Dog sleeps safe from rain, / nestled in blankets, my feet / warm up, beneath her
Over the past several months we’ve highlighted many fine haiku written by our contributors about the weather and the change of seasons in Central New York. Our accompanying featured posters beautifully underscore and accentuate the fine work we receive. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading these poems as well as the few highlighted here today.
And, remember, as we move from snow to rain this season, keep this cheerful haiku, written by Michelle Miles (Amman, Jordan 2016), in mind:
March into April, Shed the outer cloak, breathe and Take the umbrella….
Until again, stay warm, stay dry! Happy Spring!