Valentine’s Day: a sweetheart of a day, dedicated to the celebration of love, symbolized by red hearts and roses, chocolate kisses, maybe a candle-lit dinner, whimsical cards and love poems.
Haiku being our forte, we searched our archives for words of love that might inspire your own celebration. Oubon Phommanyrath’s (Syracuse) 2013 poem transcends the ordinary and beautifully elicits love:
I chase the song of life. My heart knows the hidden path, where love finds me.
Kathryn Hammer (Syracuse) expresses love endearingly in her 2015 haiku:
Love, come sit by me The sun is tucking in now My shoulder is yours
Marilyn Shelton (Dunmore 2003) sweetly notes a cherished moment of love in her 2003 haiku:
Young opera moon, you caught us stealing kisses Under red awnings!
And, Sandra Hewett (Syracuse) shares a special Valentine’s Day moment with her 2014 haiku:
Candles glow brightly On the table as we eat Faces full of love
This year, we at the Syracuse Poster Project, are celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering two, newly designed and downloadable, Valentine’s Day Cards. Thanks to Zhongwen Hu, a native of China now studying for a master’s degree in illustration at Syracuse University, this Valentine’s Day card includes a text box for writing your own haiku. You can see more of Zhongwen’s work at her Behance site or her Instagram site.
Our thanks also to Shiwen Su, another native of China who is also studying for a master’s degree in illustration at Syracuse University. Her delightful Valentine’s Day card has plenty of white space on its cover for writing your own haiku. You can check out more of Shiwen’s work at her Tumblr site.
It might be freezing cold outside, but our featured 2008 Syracuse Poster Project haiku poster is sure to warm you on this St. Valentine’s Day weekend. The poet: long-time Syracuse haiku contributor, Jungtae Lee ,and former Syracuse University Illustration student, Sahng-Yeon Lee:
A curious moon / peeping over the rooftop / in Armory Square
Happy Valentine’s Day!