As the end of Summer draws near, sturdy Sunflowers still stand shoulder high. While their full-seeded heads seem to be nodding, Farewell, their brilliant shades of yellow add a unique dimension to the colorful arrival of Autumn.
From our archives, we found some Sunflower-themed haiku to share with you–what better way to show our appreciation for this beautiful flower that bridges Summer into Autumn!
Brilliant sunflowers cast against slate sky, red birds fly in for dinner by Sheila Forsyth (Fayetteville 2008)
Lofty sunflowers arrayed in golden splendor heads above the rest by Sharon Rorer (Syracuse 2007)
Van Gogh Sunflowers paint themselves across the fields Camillus, New York by Joan Cofrancesco (Camillus 2009)
From our 2010 Syracuse Poster Project Series, our featured haiku poster was written by Claire Bobrycki and illustrated by former Syracuse University student, Catherine LaPointe, now a children’s book illustrator and graphic designer–see more of her wonderful work here.
Blue Moon, Big Dipper / Sunflowers under porch lights / Peace on the South Side
We conclude with three more gems:
Sunflowers drooping looking for a warm embrace oh, where is the sun? by Kelly Bargabos (Syracuse 2010)
Sunflower faces a swoosh of yellow and black: goldfinch dinnertime by Ellen Barnes (Syracuse 2014)
A smile on your face is brighter than sunflowers at the farmer’s stand by Jungtae Lee (Syracuse 2006)
We hope you’ve enjoyed our brief tribute to the Sunflower! What do you see when you gaze upon a Sunflower?