Haiku and Tanka by Carol Purington

Earth’s roll:
tractor and plow turn over
a new spring


Bounded by strand
above strand of song
– the robin’s acre


Sudden shower –
leaving open the window
nearest the lilacs


Tell me how
the sky’s color is changed
by a cello note
and I will sing you
a sunrise

the shine of a firefly
in my room
the shape of a hermit’s hut
beside a mountain path


Haiku are from FAMILY FARM Haiku for a Place of Moons,
by Carol Purington.  Winfred Press (1999).

Haiku and tanka are copyrighted by Carol Purington.

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

The Prism by Eve Jeanette Blohm

the prism light
reveals the rainbow colors
of a pastel spring garden

the winter skies wane
when we see the hills of
forsythias and daffodils

the orange tulips, I purchase
on my own birthday

give me a sense of rebirth
and hope of renewal

yellow is the color
of renewed hope
in tulips and daffodils
even forsythias

on the park hill

By Eve Jeanette Blohm, all rights reserved.

Spring Prayers

Sometimes answers to our prayers arrive in the same way as spring.  One day we hear a new bird song, another day we see an eagle soaring, snow melts, and we look forward to some work in the yard, in the sunshine.   Seemingly small things add up to transformation and a new season.  God is with us always and He loves us.

reading the Psalms

tiny new leaves

on the ivy houseplant

Isaiah 61:3 Beauty For Ashes

Ash Wednesday

snow covers cotoneasters

that will green soon

This morning I thought of Isaiah 61: 3 (KJV):

       …to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise
for the spirit of heaviness…