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Garrett Heater
Poet
The inspiration for my haiku was Syracuse’s own Oakwood Cemetery. As an amateur photographer, often with my nephew Giovanni and my niece Gabbi, Oakwood has proved to be a perfectly unique area to capture gorgeous architecture, statuary, and nature co-existing in harmony. Recognizing the surnames of famous Syracusans on mausoleums and headstones draws you instantly into the past. I was surprised to learn that the cemetery, with its fashionable landscaping, hosted picnic parties as “the thing to do” in the Victorian Era. Some may view Oakwood as a foreboding, gothic nightmare, but for me it’s a beautiful, reflective place that holds the great builders of our dear Syracuse.

The ghosts of yester
Sequestered in their oak grove
Welcome each new dawn.

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