Tanka by Carol Purington

Carol Purington (1949 – 2020) and I corresponded for years. Today I am reprinting a post by Carol from April 6, 2017.

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

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

Credits:

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

Ribbons 11: #3;  Autumn 2015
Church

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

Please visit Woodslawn Farm for more poems by Carol Purington, and information about her books.

Creative Writing and Blogs – 2

Over time – and this can be years – a poem from a blog can reach many readers in new and different ways. Here is an example.

looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends

My haiku was first published at Poems From Psalms And Nature on May 16, 2012.

Quiet Christmas Poetry, 2014
Ellen Grace Olinger
Elin Grace Publishing
Oostburg, WI

The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology (Including Senryu, Tanka, and Haiga), 2020
Edited by Robert Epstein
Middle Island Press
West Union, WV

Thank you,
Ellen Grace Olinger

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Creative Writing and Blogs

One of the reasons I enjoy blogs is that they are both flexible and organized. I can Search and see how I have expressed ideas in different ways.

years go by and gift of a new Spring

April 21, 2015

years go by
leaves fall
time of rest
then rebirth
God’s time
not mine

November 11, 2012

years go by . . .
grateful for the
gift of a new Spring

March 7, 2021

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Kitchen Poems

In my post, Small Study Poems, I reprinted poems inspired by my study. These are some poems from the kitchen, over the seasons and years.

preparing a meal
of fresh vegetables
New Year’s Eve

morning work
in the kitchen
porch lights shine
on cotoneasters
covered with snow

March sunrise
shadows of trees
on cedar garage

washing dishes
a rabbit plays
in the garden

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

early June
ferns as tall
as the garden chair

open window
over the kitchen sink
cool fall air

there are poems
in the clouds and
sunrise


and light seen
on the garage
from the kitchen


and one yellow leaf
on the birch tree


there are always poems

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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