Christmas Tanka by Carol Purington


A star
for wise men to follow,
a star
to top my flimsy tree –
Christmas Eve


On a drift of air
that circles the globe
from heart to heart,
continent to continent –
words of a carol


Poems are by Carol Purington.  All Rights Reserved.
Please visit Woodslawn Farm for more information.


“A Christmas Wish.”


Haiku and Tanka by Carol Purington

These poems by Carol Purington first appeared on this site on March 22, 2011.  Please visit Woodslawn Farm for more information about her work.

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, 2015).

Haiku and tanka are copyrighted by Carol Purington.

The cover of Family Farm is featured in the first Gallery of Cover Art at The Haiku Foundation, which I helped begin.


Poem by Carol Purington

The blue pitcher
that came with white lilacs and tears –
his beautiful woodwork

by Carol Purington
All Rights Reserved


Carol was inspired by my photo from the (Extra)ordinary WordPress Photo Challenge.

My post from Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin, which links to the WordPress challenge, may be read HERE.

For more information about Carol Purington’s poetry and books, please visit her page at Woodslawn Farm.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes

reading a new book
of poems by Luci Shaw
with a cup of decaff
on my little table
I find myself
saying grace again

* * *
SCAPE poems
Cascade Books * Eugene, Oregon

Foreward By Eugene Peterson

This is a poem I wrote in 2014.  I often return to Luci Shaw’s books.

You may also wish to see the posts Bittersweet by Carol Purington and Merrill Ann Gonzales, and also A Tanrenga by Merrill Gonzales and Carol Purington, at my site, Grief And Acceptance.

Carol Purington’s poetry page at the Woodslawn Farm site may be read HERE.

Ellen Grace Olinger

lights on the water


Karl and I saw hay bales in fields yesterday, and I remembered this poem from June 2013 on my site, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

lights on the water
perhaps a fisherman
checking conditions

long conversations
with old and new friends
in my mind for days

hay bales in the fields
not realizing before
how it grows . . .


I also recall Woodslawn Farm, the Purington family website from Colrain, MA.  Carol Purington and I have been corresponding for many years.   She also has a poetry page at the family website.

Three Tanka By Carol Purington is a post on this site, from August 2012.

The pictures are by Ida Waugh, and courtesy of Reusable Art.