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:




Hosta near the water last summer.  A hardy plant.

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

how soon the sun
replaces rain

Image of “Herring Gulls” courtesy of

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


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.

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.