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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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

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

All Rights Reserved.

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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.

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