Orange beauties of July–
Summer days fly by
Plants dancing in the moonlight
by Dale Sherman (Manlius 2011)
Air thickened like flour,
clouds whipped and mixed overhead.
Sweet, sticky rainfall.
by James Macris (Liverpool 2017)
Cumulus clouds float
in a deep-blue sky—downtown
petunias in bloom
by Jay Cox (Pompey 2001)
With many of us experiencing a variety of “new normals” due to COVID19, it’s good to know that one thing hasn’t changed this Summer: Mother Nature! In fact, it seems this Summer’s birdsong is brighter, the air cleaner and neighborhood roads are mostly unhurried.
Leaves of sunlight caught
in the arc of a rainbow
cattails sway and dance
by Bonnie Ryan (Syracuse 2017)
Thunder and Lightning
dance over Onondaga
‘til rainbows cut in
by Ellen Agnew (Syracuse 2008)
A Summer sunrise
over the downtown buildings
farmers’ dreams ripen
by Jungtae Lee (Syracuse 2006)
Languid lavender dances slowly in the breeze―Honeybees rejoice
While the Summer of 2020 is still unfolding with pandemic uncertainties, the beauty and wonders of the season continue to shine through the many haiku of our talented contributors:
Dragonfly’s kiss makes
once still pond pulsate rings of
fractured clouds and trees
by Diane Lansing (Syracuse 2014)
warm rain soothes irate asphalt
Summer spirit, rise
by Thomas Stock (Fort Plain 2013)
On a moonlit night
the inner harbor shimmers
in mid-summer heat
by David Manfredi (Syracuse 2009)
Enjoy these Summer daze while they’re here!! As always, please leave us a haiku in the comments if you’d like to share your Summer or COVID19 experience with us!
Riding through cities.
Hold on tight, red light, green light.
With wind in my hair.
by Grace Carroll (Syracuse 2014)
Oh, one more thing! In case you missed it, the opening reception for our 2020 Series was held virtually this year due to the pandemic lockdown in April. With all the Series’ poets and artists participating in a fabulous video created especially for this unique occasion, our Live Stream on April 23rd was a huge success! Cheering each other’s great work within our group’s Watch Party was great fun, too! You can still view our Virtual Unveiling Event via YouTube, here. Look for our new posters to go up in their usual downtown kiosk locations sometime this Summer! If you see one you like, visit our SHOP to purchase it!
Stay Well and Stay Safe!
Rosalyn M. Carroll for The Syracuse Poster Project