Ah, Summer! Sunshine (mostly), long, warm days (usually), soft breezes (often)! What better way to officially welcome Summer – and all that it promises – than with a few haiku from the Syracuse Poster Project archives!
You can practically feel one of summer’s little pleasures with this beautifully written 2014 haiku by Thomas Stock (Fort Plain):
Cool clover carpet, Seduce my bare feet with dew Summer night, you muse!
And, on an early Summer’s morning, you might be surprised to hear the unique sound of hot-air balloons overhead–like Rosalyn Carroll (Manlius) did in her 2015 haiku:
colorful balloons drift lazily overhead breathing like dragons
….or, from a distance, you’ll see what Nan Gartner (Fayetteville) describes in her colorful 2007 haiku:
hot-air balloons rise and a riot of color blossoms in the sky
Either way, a sure sign Summer has arrived in Central New York, is the annual Jamesville Balloonfest held at Jamesville Beach Park. One of many Syracuse Summer festivals to feature arts and crafts, food and music, this festival is special for its lovely venue and beautiful hot-air balloons!
And, if heights aren’t your cup of tea, perhaps you’ll find one of the many Summertime events hosted by the Onondaga Historical Association, such as the Ghostwalk Tour of Oakwood Cemetery, more to your liking! James Tobey (Cazenovia), former host of Jazz Impressions on WAER radio, found majesty in Oakwood’s grounds with his 2015 haiku:
rooted in Oakwood old trees towering above granite monuments
….as did Mark Shevalier (Henderson) with his 2007 tribute to this tranquil and historic Syracuse landmark:
And there they all sleep Beneath the earth and granite Oakwood their fine bed
Summer would be incomplete without a visit to Thornden Park’s Amphitheater where you can help celebrate William Shakespeare’s 400th Birthday by catching a variety of theatre productions presented by the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival. While you’re there, smell the roses (!) and become inspired–as did our poet, Rosalyn Carroll, and former Syracuse University Illustration Student, Rebecca Zomchek, now a full time Illustration professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Rebecca’s motivation behind her beautiful poster: “I have always loved Shakespeare and was very excited about the opportunity to illustrate a piece about the wonderful Shakespeare Festival in the park. I love walking out to the amphitheater in the Spring when the roses in the park are in bloom. I wanted to create a fun and interesting piece and tried to give my version of Shakespeare a unique look and personality. I hope this piece reflects those ideas and the wonderful haiku, and encourages everyone to enjoy the wonderful festival, garden, and arts here in Syracuse.”
Drama in the round, / Roses, far and wide abound. / Shakespeare would be proud.
Summertime events and haiku – what a great combination!