Haiku to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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This yearโ€™s wintry mix of weather has not dampened the spirited shenanigans of St. Patrickโ€™s Day revelers here in Central New York.  From parades and concerts to hearty helpings of corned beef and cabbage, St. Patrickโ€™s Day is one of our favorite holidays! From our archives, please enjoy these cheerful haiku dedicated to this Irish celebration!

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Green attire swishes
Fast feet, giddy crowds sip ale
Leprechauns walk by

By Pearl Popiak (Syracuse 2011)

Parades, Irish music, food and drink, are among the ways we celebrate St. Patrickโ€™s Day.

Salina Street wears
a green stripe and marching bands
on St. Patrickโ€™s Day

By Nan Gartner (Fayetteville 2007)

Itโ€™s a day to revel in the sounds of bagpipes, bodhrans, Irish flutes and fiddles! And, itโ€™s a great day for Irish dancing and singing of Danny Boy!

Dancers jig and clap
Bagpipes blast a cheering tune
Leprechauns skip by

By Gabrielle Gardner (Camillus 2013)

Itโ€™s a day that would be incomplete without corned beef and cabbage or a frothy Guinness Stout at your favorite Irish pub. Best of all, St Patrickโ€™s Day is a sweet prelude to warmer weather!

on St. Patrickโ€™s Day
the city dances with green,
welcoming Spring

By Heidi Stephens (North Syracuse 2008)

Our featured haiku poster on this special occasion is from our 2007 Series. The cheerful haiku was written by Jennifer Sanford and the poster beautifully illustrated by our own, Joseph Murphy, when he was an illustration student at Syracuse University. Joe is one of our Board Members; you can learn more about his work, here.

Our Irish landmark / Green light proudly wears the crown / Tipperary Hill

Happy St. Patrickโ€™s Day!

Rosalyn M. Carroll for Syracuse Poster Project๏ปฟ

Cloudy Haiku

In just a few syllables, Haiku are a perfect way to capture a scene, a memory, or even a mood.ย  Regardless the season–or time of day–clouds can do pretty much the same thing. Mountainous thunderstorm clouds can be majestic. ย Serene, wispy cirrus clouds can make a sunset heavenly.ย  In color and shape, or by how quickly they’re moving, clouds will let you know if you need to carry an umbrella or if youโ€™re likely to rev up the snowblower–in which case, if theyโ€™re very low and grey, you might consider going back to bed! ย But, on a bright Summerโ€™s day, when clouds are drifting lazily, high in the sky, watching these seemingly magical shapeshifters is pure joy.

From our archives of contributed haiku, weโ€™ve selected a cloud-themed few for your Summer reading pleasure. ย Can you tell which season the poet is describing? ย Have you ever experienced the same feelings as expressed in the haiku? ย Do you remember a day the clouds were just like those characterized by the poet?

From Cynthia Perrine (Fabius 2015):

Sun breaks through the clouds / Mist rises from the water / Day begins anew

From Jay Cox (Pompey 2005):

Cumulus clouds float / in a deep-blue sky–downtown / petunias in bloom.

From Pamela Lynch (Oneida 2013):

Fronts collide to paint / phenomenal cloud skyscapes / Swirling overhead

From Michael Brigandi (Syracuse 2014):

Playing in the grass / Childhood days slipping away / Like clouds rolling by

From Nancy Preston (Syracuse 2013):

Clouds heaped like meringue / cumulus jubilation! / Summer sky party

From Maggie James (Syracuse 2010):

One, then two at once! / Colorful balloons drift east / Low clouds they vanishโ€ฆ

From Diane Lansing (Syracuse 2014):

Dragonflyโ€™s kiss makes / once still pond pulsate rings of / fractured clouds and trees.

From our 2004 Syracuse Poster Project Series, a wonderful display of Summer. ย The haiku was written byย Jennifer Sanford and the poster illustrated by Cally Jones, former Syracuse University Illustration student.

Summer breezes lift / gull and dragon kites across / Onondaga Lake

2004 Sanford_Jones

Wishing you carefree Summer days where, as Rosalyn M. Carroll (Manlius 2017) writes:

Daydreaming on a / Cotton candy cloud–oh, the / Places I can see