Tanka by Carol Purington

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

and a hymn about the future –
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


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



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

Ribbons 11: #3;  Autumn 2015

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


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Haiku Sequence from Family Farm, by Carol Purington

Holy Week
The white tulip opens
to a crimson heart


Shaping the dough
into a loaf of bread
Maundy Thursday


Good Friday
. . . moving into the chill
of the tree’s shadow


Early tulip –
in its scarlet cup
the surprise of black


At sunrise
the shine of the church steeple
Resurrection Day


Easter lily
The challenge of His risen life
overflows the sanctuary


By Carol Purington, from her classic book, Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons (reprinted in 2015).

All Rights Reserved.


With permission from Carol, I first posted her beautiful Easter sequence on my first site, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin, on March 27, 2010.  With permission, I also included the cover of Family Farm in the first Gallery of Cover Art at The Haiku Foundation.


For more information about Carol Purington, and her books, please visit Woodslawn Farm.