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

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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

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three poems

These poems are published in a new book:  They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku; Edited by Robert Epstein (2017, Middle Island Press).

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fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

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reading the poets
of my parents’
generation
their voices
return

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we hold the door
for older people
memories of Mom

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As noted in the book, “reading the poets” was published in SMILE, 2010.

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The Cover Art for this new anthology is by Ron C. Moss.

You can see the cover and read the Middle Island Press Release, which in turn links to the book at Amazon.

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Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

 

Tree Outside My Study Window

Ellen Grace Olinger – 2015

For years and years, I have been watching the same birch tree outside my study window.  This is a small room, with a comfortable chair for reading, and a desk.

I also like to take pictures of hosta plants by the tree.

Late summer, I see a leaf or two turn gold.  The days are a little shorter, and summers are indeed short here.

Then the tree is full of gold leaves.  I know when they fall, that new leaves will grow again in spring – as they are now.

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leaf buds
and raindrops
on the birch tree
new dreams
from tears

tree branches
and leaves
in predawn breeze
sorrows begin to soften
and heal

reminding me
to love each day
one gold leaf

a few leaves
drift from the
birch tree
and reach the
last of the lilies

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Ellen Grace Olinger

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Ellen Grace Olinger – 2015