Category: Tanka

Seasons – Images And Two Short Poems

This was a week of books and correspondence. The local boat dock is back in, and the gulls found the pilings again right away.  I always marvel at this.

These are Lake Michigan photos that readers often view, now in one Post:

Spring

Fall

Winter

Hosta near the water last summer.  A hardy plant.

new ideas form
in my mind
grow in my heart
day begins
with fog

mid-day
how soon the sun
replaces rain

Image of “Herring Gulls” courtesy of wpclipart.com.

Photos by Karl.

Three Spring Tanka By Carol Purington

Pink tulips
and a book of new poems
afternoon tea
from face to face
the prism’s iridescence

***

Sunrise…
and I seek a new way
to the quiet place
where the disciples followed
Jesus into prayer

***

After much rain
the sun remembers to enter
my morning room–
how soft-shadowed
the dream that woke me smiling

Tanka by Carol Purington, all rights reserved. 

Morning Song: Poems for New Parents, a poetry anthology edited by Susan Todd and Carol Purington, will be published on 4/26/2011, by St. Martin’s Press.   www.morningsongpoems.com

Christmas Tanka by Carol Purington: So Far Below Zero and Caroling House to House

 

 

 

 

So far below zero
even the blackbirds have left
this colorless world–
the Christmas candle
throws a circle of light

***

Caroling house to house
hands cold in fleecy mittens–
words of peace
ring out from shaky voices
to touch a steady star

 By Carol Purington

Published here with her kind permission.  All Rights Reserved.

Update, 12/19/2012:  Here is the link to Carol’s poetry page at her family website.  You’ll find more poems and information about her books.  http://www.woodslawnfarm.com/p/poetry.html