Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 2017

More haiku from the new book I am putting together, “A Drift of Birdsong.”

Longest day
the child rolls and rolls
down the gentle slope
Ball and bat -
cracking a window
Through three songs
puzzling me
the catbird
Honeybee harvest
round and round
a ring of yellow roses

Monday, March 27, 2017


Herbert George Purington
September 22, 1924 - March 28, 2016

The grandfather's whistle
in the antique apple tree
last year's oriole

Stonewall builder -
on the backs of his muscled hands
thick veins meander

Mending fences -
long chat with the neighbor
whose cows are in our corn

Family Farm

On his birthday
the white-haired man who is my father
passes around
a wedge of tree trunk –
wide growth rings, narrow ones

On his way
to somewhere far
the man with white hair
brakes for a turtle on its way
to somewhere near

Faces I Might Wear

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Climbing Tree

A view of the silos, barns, and house, with the ancient Climbing Tree in the foreground. Photo by Jim on February 17, 2017.