Category: Nature

Poems from FAMILY FARM Haiku for a Place of Moons by Carol Purington – post updated 2/23/2014

Distant thunder
The patter of peas being shelled
into the dishpan

 

Before rain
the smell of dust
the smell of rain
 

 

Heat wave breaks
Snipping yellow roses
in the soft rain

 

 Goldenrod now . . .
and a monarch poised
on bright asters

 

Cooling into twilight –
cricket after cricket
star after star

 

From
FAMILY FARM
Haiku for a Place of Moons

by

Carol Purington

Please see Carol’s Guest Post on March 27, 2010 for her biography and more information about Family Farm (Winfred Press, 1999).

Photo by Karl Olinger
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Update, February 23, 2014:  Here is the link to Carol’s poetry page at her family website.  http://woodslawnfarm.blogspot.com/p/poetry.html.

You’ll find more poems by Carol, and information about all of her good books.

This link goes to the Winfred Press site.  http://larrykimmel.tripod.com.

The Fields Of Corn…”I Will Sing Unto The Lord” (Psalm 104)

 The corn is tall in the fields.
  The rows are beautiful.

The air is gentle.

Yesterday a squirrel
harvested many pine cones.

Sometimes in our creative chapters
we are aware of change.  Things go
in different directions, but by God’s grace
work out for the best in time.

I think this is another kind of Found Art.

Always hope.
Love.
New dreams.

I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Psalm 104: 33 (KJV)

Presents of Mind: Haiku and Illustrations by Jim Kacian. Bilingual edition (2006): English and Japanese.

Today I am pleased to share a few excerpts from Presents of Mind, by Jim Kacian (Red Moon Press).

 
Haiku is composed of language.
It cannot be composed of silence.
 
But unlike most language,
haiku does not attempt to oppose silence.
It attempts to point to silence.
 
Haiku can set into motion
oscillations in the silence between us.
 
In this way haiku can be poised
between language and silence.
In this way it can suggest
the centrality of silence.
 
Where silence is shared,
we are all present. 
 
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Reprinted with kind permission from Jim Kacian.
Presents of Mind (2006)
Red Moon Press
 
 

Jim Kacian is Founder and Director of The Haiku Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to archiving of the achievements of our first century of English-language haiku, and creating opportunities for our second; creator and owner of Red Moon Press, the largest and most prestigious publishing house dedicated to English-language haiku in the world; and the author of 15 books of haiku and related works.

The Wikipedia article about Jim Kacian includes additional information.

Post updated on July 8, 2015.