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.

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

    1. Hi Violet,

      I am grateful for Carol’s permission to reprint this sequence.

      Carol and I met through HUMMINGBIRD, Magazine of the Short Poem, which is edited by Phyllis Walsh (Greendale, WI).



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