Well, it’s officially Winter – or so the calendar says. The Season of Light, the Winter Solstice, New Year’s Eve – all behind us now. But for the balmy 50 degrees weather we’ve been having on and off since Thanksgiving, you wouldn’t know that it is January in Central New York. So, where’s Winter?
Equating snow with Winter – as most of us do in CNY – frequent Syracuse Poster Project haiku contributor, Gary Weinstein (Syracuse NY), mused this question in 2004:
Strange…I miss the snow. The endless blanket that tucks us in all winter.
From the sound of the howling wind tonight, one can only imagine Winter as we know it will soon be here. Scott Austin (Brooklyn NY) anticipated Winter with his 2011 haiku:
Listen to the wind And you can hear snow approach Moments before flakes
CNY’s first major snowstorm of the 2016 season, (post New Year’s Eve weekend), has already been washed away by warm weather, high winds and lots of rain after only a few days on the ground. Tom Westpfal, (Fayetteville NY), captures this somewhat muddled Winter we’re having in his 2013 Syracuse Poster Project haiku contribution:
Grass poking through snow Has winter just ended—nope It has just begun
Thankfully, it doesn’t seem we will be having the long, bitter cold Winter we did last year – or like folks are now having in the Midwest. Regardless, this beautifully illustrated 2005 Syracuse Poster Project haiku poster – written by Ellen Agnew and illustrated by former SU Illustration student, Ivy Hickam – sums up the ‘warm’ side of Winter.
Here’s to Winter and a Happy New Year!