Haiku for Holy Week by Carol Purington

In the pew
behind a wiggly boy
I praise the Son of Man

Cleaning my car…
the palm branch I folded
into a cross

Good Friday Service
a branch of pussywillows
throws spiky shadows

This dark Saturday –
those faithful women
who didn’t yet know

After sunrise
we notice field flowers
the way He did

Carol Purington
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Carol adds that the Good Friday haiku was published in these two places: The Haiku of North America 2001 Anthology, “Paperclips” and HAIKU: A Writer’s Guide to Haiku and Related Forms, Bruce Ross, 2002.

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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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Haiku by Jim Kacian

where the river widens just that much more light

the lineament
of lightning once
it’s gone

stars more questions than answers

out beyond the lit night sky meteor belief

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The haiku are from after/image, haiku of Jim Kacian (2017, Red Moon Press).

Reprinted with permission.  All rights reserved.

Jim Kacian is founder and president of The Haiku Foundation.

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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

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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.

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