The Summer Solstice: a day to celebrate the first day of Summer! And with that, some of our favorite Summertime activities come alive with haiku from our archives!
From Jennifer Groff, (Lancaster 2010), a colorful haiku with great imagery and a wonderful play on words:
Freshly picked berries
Summer-stained fingers and lips–
So many rich Summer images in Nan Gartner’s, (Fayetteville 2011), haiku, too:
Purple Loosestrife and
Yellow Finches brighten the
Canal bikers’ path
From poet, Martin Willitts, Jr., (Syracuse 2011), an imaginative Summertime haiku with an interesting twist:
Heid’s hot dog clouds, ominous,
digested by sun
Enjoying music and the outdoors–a favorite Summertime activity–lyrically described by Jay Cox, (Pompey, 2003):
Texas Blues drift with
the moonlight through a Summer
night in Clinton Square
From Meg Catanzarita, (Syracuse 2009), a Summer sports-themed haiku served up with another set of a rhythmic play on words:
Sedgwick Farm hosts love
Red clay courts city players
And, on the heels of the Summer Solstice, the long lazy days of Summer provide a time for reflection and pensive introspection. Our featured poster is from our 2018 Series. Wistfully written by long-time Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Omanii Abdullah, this Summer-themed poster was deliciously illustrated by Syracuse University Illustration student, Claudia Lewis.
I sold lemonade / back when times were innocent / and not bittersweet
As we observe the sunny arrival of the Summer Solstice, a double-edged haiku for you to ponder from first-time Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Charlie Carroll, (Manlius 2017):
Summer Solstice joy!
Alas…now the slide begins
T’wards Winter’s darkness.
Do you observe the Summer Solstice with a special tradition? What do you look forward to once Summer has arrived? Share your thoughts in a haiku in the comments below and we’ll add them to the next blog!