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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Two Poems by Carol Purington

Clouds and full moon
– light to dark to light
my path

by Carol Purington

Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons
Winfred Press 1999
Second Printing 2015

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First card
silver-white birches and a splash
of cardinal –
into a season of darkness
the promise of Light

Faces I Might Wear: Tanka by Carol Purington
Winfred Press 2013

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Three Tanka By Carol Purington

A dusty poem
held to the shaft of attic light –
she had cousins
in my hometown,
Emily Dickinson

Slow-falling snowflakes –
from dusty attic boxes
a star for the tree,
faded stockings to be stuffed
with an orange and love

First moon
hanging pale and curved –
twilight
serene as the faith that will bloom
far into the new year

Faces I Might Wear
Tanka By Carol Purington
A Winfred Press Book, 2013

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Three Haiku by Carol Purington

A hard frost –
warm shades of chrysanthemums
in the stonewall’s shelter

Short of fingers
on which to count blessings –
the child’s thanks-giving

Family meal –
the colors of harvest
the voices of home

by Carol Purington
All Rights Reserved

These haiku are from Carol’s classic book, Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons (1999, Winfred Press; reprinted in 2015).

Please visit Woodslawn Farm for more information.