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.

*

Old Wood In The House

strong winter winds
old wood in the house
ceilings, floors, walls
startling me in the early hours
speaking to me this day

resilience
strength

the way
Hope holds

*

This poem is from January 30, 2012.

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

*

I thought I’d begin a new series here of posts that are influenced by my study of haiku.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Two Poems by Carol Purington

Clouds and full moon
– light to dark to light
my path

by Carol Purington

Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons
Winfred Press 1999
Second Printing 2015

*

First card
silver-white birches and a splash
of cardinal –
into a season of darkness
the promise of Light

Faces I Might Wear: Tanka by Carol Purington
Winfred Press 2013

*

Please visit Woodslawn Farm for more information.
All Rights Reserved.