Category: Literature

Sunday morning

Over the years, my book collection has grown, and I have given many books and journals away. Now I am grateful to browse at home, and read what I was not able to read before, for one reason or another.

Poetry journals, memoirs, novels, letters – books and journals at different times. Rereading is also a blessing, and can be a comfort when I don’t feel able to read something new; and yet I always learn more. If I know the story, for example, I look to learn a little more about how the author achieved the work. If I can easily reread a poem aloud and the poem is still new, the poet has achieved something beautiful.

Sometimes I know an author’s work so well, that a short selection recalls the whole work so far. I have read many books by Luci Shaw. As I write, I am looking at Sea Glass: New & Selected Poems by Luci Shaw (2016, WordFarm).

Over time, this creates comfort and a new history for me. I reread a poem, for example, and remember how the poem helped during a difficult time. And now time has passed, and rereading deepens my faith and hope.

So what I read and write now, is for today, and also for the future. And I remember as well, and am grateful to be writing this post today.

Three Haiku by Carol Purington

Carol enjoyed sharing her poetry in many ways. This is a post we created at Haiku Art Site for January 27, 2016.

Snowflakes falling
on my head and on yours
we are not strangers

Prayer before soup
we unclasp our hands
to break bread

Leafless tree
its branches full
of setting sun

Haiku by Carol Purington
Reprinted with her permission
All Rights Reserved

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Posts in this series for Carol:

Creative Note in Memory: Carol Purington (1949 – 2020)

Books by Carol Purington

Inspiration

Stars in the Sky

The early mornings inspire poetry. I sit quietly for a time. Today I looked for poems about the stars in my archives.

stars in the night
and colors
of garden mums
in the rain . . .
new poems begin

night sky
seeing stars
through leaves

short days
stars brighten
winter sky

the same poems
for the rest of my life
stars and tree branches
another sunrise

Haiku Lesson Note:

Our Haiku Awareness Plan for Grades 3 – 4 at The Haiku Foundation features a beautiful haiku about the prairie and stars by Billie Wilson.

As stated in the lesson, “For this Haiku Awareness plan, we feature haiku from the anthology, Montage: The Book, created and edited by Allan Burns (Winchester, VA: The Haiku Foundation, 2010, 2012).”

Robin at Night is courtesy of Reusable Art.

window in my study

window in my study
trees and sky
through the seasons
and years

the view changes
and yet the same
more to learn
and a place to read
and rest


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grey day

grey day
colors of books go well
with art on the walls

reading books
and also how they
were created
cover art and design
sequence of poems

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