It’s only the first month of Winter, and already, it’s cold, grey and snowy! But, inbetween thick bursts of Lake Effect snow, we’ve had occasion to soak in brief periods of sunshine. Sometimes, just seeing blue sky is enough to warm up and brighten one’s mood, but overall, it’s been just plain cold! Living with snowy, cold Syracuse Winters has been the subject of numerous haiku contributed by Central New York poets. We’ll try to warm you up with a few of them!
Despite the cold, getting outdoors is one way to tackle Winter. Can you picture yourself in Rachel Brown’s (Baldwinsville, 2008) fine haiku?
I bundle up warm laced up tight, feet on the ice, the cold air at me
As cold as it is, sometimes, just standing in the falling snow can be something wonderful. Syracuse poet, William Neumire’s (2012) haiku beautifully depicts such an occasion:
Snow in lamplight stills the streets until we all stop and reach out our hands
Our featured poster from our 2007 Series exemplifies ‘cold’ in its many forms. By using the proximity of Clinton Square’s Ice Skating rink with Syracuse’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Skaneateles poet and regular contributor to the Syracuse Poster Project, Mary L. Gardner, paints a vivid picture. Former Syracuse University Illustration student, Chris Casciano, now a professional Illustration Artist, beautifully captures the essence of Mary’s words with his poster.
Sculpted heroes stand / guard on the icy square where / cold blades dart and glide
Snowflake settles on The skating rink with the sound Of children laughing
And, Jay Cox’s (Pompey, 2001) haiku vividly describes a typical Winter’s day in Syracuse:
Skaters swirl around Clinton Square—Lake Effect snow blankets the city