Category: Beauty

Carol Purington “FAMILY FARM Haiku for a Place of Moons”

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

 

Carol Purington lives on a dairy farm in Western Massachusetts.  For three decades she has been exploring Japanese verse forms, including haiku and tanka. She has self-published several books, including Family Farm, a collection of haiku about her home.

Illustrations by Shirley L. Horn. Winfred Press.

reading poems aloud

reading poems aloud

raindrops on the windows

I remember how

Helen Keller

learned “water”

 

Image from this week’s Dover Design Sampler:  The Grammar of Ornament.

This poem was also published in SMILE (Summer, 2010) in a slightly different form. 

reading poems aloud
raindrops on the windows
I remember how Helen Keller
learned water

I like the poem in four lines too–always appreciate feedback from editors and readers.

Joyce M. Johnson is the Editor/Publisher of SMILE.

Ion Codrescu Haiga #20

  

By Ion Codrescu.  Haiga #20.   Published with his permission. 

From his gallery on the North Carolina Haiku Society website.

Ion’s new book, WAITING IN SILENCE,  is available at Red Moon Press.  A beautiful book, written in English and Dutch, with haiga paintings.