Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 2017 Tanka

The phone lines
that should carry
your voice
sag with ice
this unfinished scarf,
I never could get
I the tension right

This warm kitchen
and a fragrance of
herbs
as familiar
as the pattern of
apples
on my
my grandmother's
apron

A perfect storm
snowflakes fall
straight down
indoors, outdoors
the balance of this
day
somehow shifting

     c.p.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December 2016


First week of Advent
the new kitten asleep
in an heirloom manger

Wrapping gifts
the preschooler’s questions
about homeless people

Cold
after a year in the attic,
these gold and silver baubles

Solstice
the sunstruck red
of unpicked apples

A plastic crèche
to hold some straw
and the Son of God

Christmas Eve
a fragrance of balsam
as the Story is read

Blowing snowflakes
I search for the Christmas star
and find it everywhere

Snowfall
shapes of children who tried so hard
to be good

     c.p.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mann Library features Carol Purington haiku in September

Cornell University's Mann Library hosts a Daily Haiku Page, highlighting the work of a different poet each month. Carol Purington (author bio) is the guest author in September 2016. Please check in every day to enjoy her poetry, or use the link on the page to subscribe to their daily RSS Feed. Link to September 1, 2016 poem.

Carol's work was also featured on this site nine years ago. Visit the Mann Library Daily Haiku Archives and click through the 31 days of July 2007:   http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/2007/07/page/31/