It’s Thanksgiving! An American celebration of thanks steeped in history and tradition.
Stone canoe floating
Onondaga Lake gives thanks
Tom Huff (Nedrow 2006)
It’s “Over the river and through the woods” time! While some families are packing up the car to travel far and wide for the long weekend, others are preparing for the long-awaited arrival of loved ones. From our 2003 Series, this featured haiku poster nicely captures the spirit of arriving home with the hubbub of holiday activity downtown. The haiku was written by long-time contributor, Claire Bobrycki, and illustrated by former Syracuse University student, Sarah Mellgren.
Long drive, weary eyes— / Cityscape lights the night sky / Syracuse, I’m home!
It’s Turkey stuffing days! While plump turkeys are roasting and all manner of pies baking, there are those tracking tackles and downs, too.
Spiral in the air
Raucous cheering of the crowd
Pigskin in the zone
Susan Bigler (Liverpool 2009)
It’s still Autumn! Leaves have fallen, leaving trees mostly dark and bare.
Fading sun spot lights
Roosting crows in bare fall trees,
Night black fruit to pick.
Thomas Stock (Fort Plain 2016)
It’s late November! The weather is crisp and getting colder, while windy days are growing shorter and starry nights, longer.
Slanting golden sun
A red leaf drifts to the ground
Seasons change like moons
Patsy Scala (New Woodstock 2010)
It’s the “Holidaze” season! Grocery stores are stuffed with shoppers while traffic delays are just beginning as Christmas Holiday sales lure folks to the mall.
Produce from the earth
In crowded marketplaces
Displayed with purpose
Sharon Rorer (Syracuse 2006)
It’s time to sit in front of a cozy fire burning in the fireplace! From our 2014 Series, this featured haiku poster was beautifully created by former Syracuse University illustration student, Andrew Casadonte, (now a storyboard artist at DreamWorks TV Animation), using the fine phrasing of another of our long-time contributors, Paul Goat Allen.
Winter is coming / wool socks and long underwear / the long sleep is near
We hope we’ve made your Thanksgiving Holiday a bit richer with these wonderful poems gathered from our archives of contributed haiku! And, if you’re looking for a special Christmas gift for the poet or artist in your family, be sure to check out our Shop Page for some great ideas!
Happy Thanksgiving! Safe Travels!