It’s been a chilly, rainy “March” to Spring this year. Much different than what we experienced last year–a cold, snowy, and seemingly interminable journey! But still, Spring has sprung at last, and when mornings awaken blue and bright, it’s as wonderful as this 2015 haiku by Syracuse Poster Project contributor Sean Conrey (Syracuse):
A spring breeze still cold All nerves beneath the black oak A new leaf unfurls
Depending on where you live, you may still have patches of snow on the ground. But that hasn’t stopped the green shoots of tulips and daffodils from pushing their way up through the soggy Winter ground just as imaginatively described as in this 2012 haiku by Jane Woodman (Syracuse):
Syracuse snow banks cover heat-seeking missiles of Spring daffodils.
No doubt you’ve also seen colorful blooms of crocuses cropping up everywhere you turn. More than Winter’s white and grey, these sweet hints of Spring colors to come is delightful–as is this 2011 haiku by Sam Donnelly (Syracuse):
Blossoms in short shorts Sunbathing between snow banks, Blooming in the thaw
…Or this 2014 haiku by Andrew Schep (Syracuse):
forsythia arms sleeved in little bursts of sun shoveling the snow
While the earth is renewing itself, our fine-feathered friends are returning home, too. Robins, of course, among the first signs Spring has arrived. Surprisingly, even Gulls, as vividly described in this 2008 haiku by Alexa Carter (Fulton), herald hope:
Gulls like drifts of snow Gather on the shores in spring Harbingers of fun to come
One of our many favorite posters from the 2009 Syracuse Poster Project Collection, written by longtime Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Jay Cox and illustrated by teacher and former Syracuse University Illustration student, Devin Scannell aptly describes this taut time between Spring and the last of March snows.
A blackbird sways on / a goldenrod stalk covered / with afternoon snow
Finally, a fitting tribute to Spring by another of our haiku contributors, Marilyn Shelton (Dunmore, 2005):
Snow melts to lilies Of the sweet valley, reborn In sensuous spring
What is your favorite sign of Spring?