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

From the root-cellar
the last of the winter squash
still succulent,
the poem you wrote recalling
a grandmother’s hearty soup

by Carol Purington
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Published in GUSTS, Fall/Winter 2008.
“Canada’s First English Tanka Journal.”

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Carol Purington’s Poet Profile at The Haiku Foundation Haiku Registry includes a short biography, a summary of her awards and books, and selected work.

Billie Wilson is the editor for THF Haiku Registry.

Haiku for a New Year by Carol Purington

Warm kitchen corner
The rocking chair bumps along
a rug of braided time

Winter scarecrow:
his parka pockets lumpy
with snowballs

January thaw
The top of the picnic table
collects sky

Attic loom
Brights and shadows cross-hatch
the wideboard wall

by Carol Purington
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Cover Art

With permissions, I edited the first Gallery of Cover Art at The Haiku Foundation.  Thank you to Dave Russo for his work to publish this gallery (2016).  The covers in the gallery are from chapbooks, books, and journals.

One of the covers is Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons, by Carol Purington.  Illustrations by Shirley L. Horn.   You can learn more at Carol’s poetry page at Woodslawn Farm.

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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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