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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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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