To the chagrin of many, rain has predominated the weather this Spring. In fact, it’s hard to believe it’s mid-June already, what with Summer officially beginning in a few days! One has to ask, where, oh where, is the sun?
To cheer you up, we’ve dug out some haiku dedicated to Rain…yes, Rain…
From Jeanne Viggiano (Syracuse, 2009) comes a haiku which perfectly describes a rainy workday and the promise of a dry, sunny evening!
Rain pelts the sidewalks.
Lunch hour is a duck and dash.
Forecast: sun by five.
You’ve heard that phrase, “We need the rain”? Well, one benefit of all the rain this Spring has been the lush greens and gorgeous colors of its slow-blooming flowers. Renee-Noelle Felice (Syracuse 2011) says it well in her haiku:
After weeks of rain,
hollyhocks–deep pink and red–
big as salad plates
Have you ever just sat and listened to the rain falling? Frequent haiku contributor, Anne Mackenzie (Skaneateles, 2014), hears something beautiful:
raindrops tap-dancing on leaves
Listening to the rain takes another shape in this delightful haiku by poet, Nicholas Petrone (Syracuse, 2010):
wooden boards beneath
Ruskin front porch rocker creak
steady rain keeps time
Our featured haiku poster is from our 2004 Series. The bright haiku was written by long-time contributor, Marilyn Shelton; the illustration colorfully created by former Syracuse University
student, Marlene Heuer.
silver drops of rain / suddenly, a bright garden / of umbrellas blooms
Of course, when all else fails, there’s nothing like getting your Gene Kelly on, like Rosalyn Carroll (Manlius, 2016) does in her haiku:
With a steady beat,
rain strikes my umbrella—I’m
dancin’ in the rain
Stay dry! And, as the old song goes, “let a smile be your umbrella”!
Posted by Rosalyn M. Carroll for the Syracuse Poster Project