Christmas Haiku by Carol Purington

First Sunday of Advent
– the single unflickering hope
of His coming

Two Advent candles
– their glow summons shepherds, magi
and me

Christmas cookie cutters
in the Christmas cookie tin
. . . a lamb, a donkey

Advent’s Third Sunday
Smoke from the blown-out candles
blurs the wall-cross

Remembering the splendor
of His birthday Star
– this longest night

In their flames
the brightness of His rising:
four Advent candles

Old red stocking
– its toes frayed thin by the fragrance
of years of oranges

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Haiku by Carol Purington are from her classic book, Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons (1999, Winfred Press; Colrain, MA).  Second Printing 2015.

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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.