Haiku and Bible Verse

lily of the valley
fragrance of forgiveness
memories of love

I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will show forth all thy marvelous works.

Psalm 9:1 (KJV)

My mother liked this flower and fragrance.

Ellen Grace Olinger
January 2017 and April 2019
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Seasons

some trials
were given to me young
yet also
this gift of faith

country graves
silk flowers bloom
by the stones

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

“seasons repeat” was published first in Mayfly, Winter 2015.

Ellen Grace Olinger
February 2015
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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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Tanka by Carol Purington

Driving home
through a swirl of snowflakes
on the seat beside me
eggplant
Easter lilies

Church
and a hymn about the future –
deciding
to plant sweet peas and potatoes
for my hungry neighbor

Waiting for tulips
and the touch of your hand
in farewell
you promised a postcard glimpse
of spring in another Land

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These tanka are by Carol Purington, and are reprinted with her permission.  All Rights Reserved.

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Credits:

Ribbons 11: #2; Spring/Summer 2015
Driving home

Ribbons 11: #3;  Autumn 2015
Church

Gusts No. 7; Spring/Summer 2008
Waiting for tulips

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