Haiku for a New Year by Carol Purington

Warm kitchen corner
The rocking chair bumps along
a rug of braided time

Winter scarecrow:
his parka pockets lumpy
with snowballs

January thaw
The top of the picnic table
collects sky

Attic loom
Brights and shadows cross-hatch
the wideboard wall

by Carol Purington
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Acrostic Poems


L ove
I nspires
G oodness
H ope and
T ruth



W onderful time of
I nspiration and
N ew books
T o
E njoy
R eading



L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early



P onder
O ver
E verything I see today
M emorize and write one moment




Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Images: antiqueclipart.com

Cover Art

With permissions, I edited the first Gallery of Cover Art at The Haiku Foundation.  Thank you to Dave Russo for his work to publish this gallery (2016).  The covers in the gallery are from chapbooks, books, and journals.

One of the covers is Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons, by Carol Purington.  Illustrations by Shirley L. Horn.   You can learn more at Carol’s poetry page at Woodslawn Farm.



Christmas Haiku by Carol Purington

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


Haiku by Carol Purington are from her classic book, Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons (1999, Winfred Press; Colrain, MA).  Second Printing 2015.

All Rights Reserved.

For more information, please visit Woodslawn Farm.


Photo Challenge: Temporary

Temporary – The colors of Lake Michigan are always changing, and the lake levels over time.  The perennials also show change, as they grow, bloom, and fade.  Rest.  Bloom again.

May 2017
May 2017
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Daylilies – 2017
Beautiful daylily in bloom with ferns – 2017

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time…”

From Ecclesiastes 3:11a (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger