January to February . . .

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

pink clouds
span the horizon
seagulls take flight
stretching to read
new books

mid-February light
on the evergreens
easy to imagine
their new growth
in spring

reading a new book
the fragrance
of fresh paper


“January thaw” was published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.  You can learn more about the HSA Members Anthology here, at their site.

The tulip is courtesy of wpclipart.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes

I am reviewing my archives, and these are some posts that may be of interest to new readers.

Haiku and Tanka by Margarita Engle

The Osprey by Merrill Ann Gonzales – a painting

Two Haiku by Billie Wilson


And a few notes for other sites:

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku is edited by Tom Clausen.

I also enjoyed visiting tom clausen poems and photos this week.

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog features Daily Haiku, along with many creative posts.

One Sunrise a Day is a new post by Carol Purington at Woodslawn Farm.



“Photo by Paul Sherman of wpclipart dedicated to the Public Domain”

Tanka by Carol Purington

From the root-cellar
the last of the winter squash
still succulent,
the poem you wrote recalling
a grandmother’s hearty soup

by Carol Purington
All Rights Reserved

Published in GUSTS, Fall/Winter 2008.
“Canada’s First English Tanka Journal.”


Carol Purington’s Poet Profile at The Haiku Foundation Haiku Registry includes a short biography, a summary of her awards and books, and selected work.

Billie Wilson is the editor for THF Haiku Registry.