Summer. Long days. Blue skies. Bright evening stars. Among its simple pleasures: the sweet cacophony of birdsong, the laughter of children playing, the chirping of crickets lulling us to sleep.
Many of our archived haiku reflect these simple joys of Summertime. Here are a few of them!
Syracuse Poster Project haiku contributor, Dianne Apter (Syracuse 2011) offers up a delightful poem which warmly embraces one such Summer treasure – the company of friends:
Old-older-oldest Summer’s eve front porch sitters Wine-laughter-gossip
And, Jacquelyn Green’s (Syracuse) 2015 haiku cheerfully evokes a Summer treasure that never gets old:
Dreaming of Summer. Double Dutch, hopscotch and friends. Good times and laughing.
For some, nothing says Summer like chasing Fireflies! Their magical flight, on a starry Summer night, can still take us by surprise. As part of our 2015 Syracuse Poster Project collection, our featured poster beautifully reflects a childhood we can still remember when we chased a brightly lit Firefly. Eloquently written in 2014 by frequent contributor, Thomas Stock, this charming poster was illustrated by former Syracuse Illustration Student, Sophia Openshaw, now a freelance illustrator from Annapolis, Maryland.
Fireflies blink brightly / Caught in jars of summer dreams / Where I once left them.
We’ll leave you with this 2014 haiku by Syracuse native and poet, Martin Willitts, Jr. He writes vividly of another Summer treasure which certainly cannot be denied:
Summer night concert Black crickets on violins Bullfrogs on bassoons
What do you treasure about Summertime? Let us know in the comment section below or on our Facebook page! And, don’t forget, if you see a poster you would like to own for your home or office, visit our Shop page!