Three Haiku By Friends

sowing buckwheat
the winter green to be plowed under
for spring

       Merrill Ann Gonzales

The shortest day–
I arrange hyacinth bulbs
in a green bowl

       Carol Purington

Blue and turquoise tears
sparkle on the Christmas tree…
card from cherished friend

       Charles A. Waugaman


Merrill and Carol posted their haiku in the Comments for my “winter wheat” haiku post (12/13/2011).  They are friends through the haiku journals and I treasure their books as well.

Charles’  haiku is from a book I published for him under the name “Elin Grace Publishing.”  The title is WITHIN The Circle Of Seasons (2003, Copyright Charles A. Waugaman).   It is no longer in print.

In the spirit of keeping Spring in our hearts in Winter, I’ll close this post with a favorite May photo by Karl.

Christmas Paintings By Charles A. Waugaman



By Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010).
All Rights Reserved.


Charles was and always will be a dear friend.  These paintings are from Christmas cards he sent to me.   His art is noteworthy for many reasons, including his use of symbols and colors.  He lived in Vermont, USA.  We shall meet again.

Thou Tellest My Wanderings – Psalm 56

Errands this morning and my routes are the simple country roads.  Grateful to know them and to feel at home.  It took some time.  Then I was reading the Psalms, and my mind connected with Christmas.

“Thou tellest my wanderings:

put thou my tears into thy bottle:

are they not in thy book?”

Psalm 56: 8 (KJV)

there was no room

for them

in the inn.

Luke 2: 7b (KJV)

Manger courtesy of