Christmas Haiku by Carol Purington

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First Sunday of Advent
– the single unflickering hope
of His coming

Two Advent candles
– their glow summons shepherds, magi
and me

Christmas cookie cutters
in the Christmas cookie tin
 . . . a lamb, a donkey

Advent’s Third Sunday
Smoke from the blown-out candles
blurs the wall-cross

Remembering the splendor
of His birthday Star
– this longest night

In their flames
the brightness of His rising:
four Advent candles

Old red stocking
– its toes frayed thin by the fragrance
of years of oranges

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These wonderful haiku by Carol Purington are from her classic book, Family Farm, Haiku for a Place of Moons  (1999, Winfred Press; Colrain, MA).

Reprinted here with Carol’s kind permission.  All Rights Reserved.

For more information, please visit Carol’s poetry page at her family website, Woodslawn Farm.