weekend note


Yesterday, I went to Sentry in Port Washington and bought some food for the Easter weekend.  Karl and I plan a simple low-key holiday this year.  I bought smoked salmon and smoked herring (have not seen that before).  They have a good bakery section, and I bought half of a chocolate cake and dinner rolls.  Then in the back of the store I found a lily plant that was not blooming yet; and I managed to get it to the car, and then home, without losing a flower-to-be.   As I learned last year, I had to anchor it with my purse and other purchases.  Karl was home and I rang the doorbell, holding the plant, my purse, etc.

Now the lily is by an East window and I think we’ll have a few blooms this weekend.  The little hyacinth planter is still so fragrant, and I plan to plant the bulbs in the garden.

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I added a note to my reblog of my Earth Day post on April 14 this week, so I could also invite new readers to read your poems and thoughts from the original post.  And I added a daffodil (photo by Karl).  So far this year Wendy posted a haiku.  Earth Day is April 22.   You are welcome to add yours, too.

Here is Wendy’s poem:

with the longer days
the willow wears leaves again
I leave my coat off

Here is the link to her site:


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It’s a grey cloudy day here.   I plan quiet time with books and maybe a poem will arrive.

Blessings, Ellen

wood-anemone-yongeThe “Wood Anemone Botanical Print” is courtesy of http://reusableart.com.


Earth Day – Haiku For Children Of All Ages

Ellen Grace Olinger:

May2011Flowers 044Many people enjoyed this post in 2012, and since then.  If you have a moment, please read the good poems and thoughts by readers in the comments for the original post.  Of course, you are welcome to write poems for this current post too.  Thank you, Ellen

Originally posted on Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin:

Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin on April 22, 1970.  www.nelsonearthday.net

I thought today I’d create a post of haiku that may serve to inspire children of all ages to write their own, in honor of Earth Day.  Please feel free to include yours in the comments.  We don’t have to be “perfect;” the idea is for anyone and everyone to think, “I can learn to write poetry too!”

We begin, and then it takes a lifetime to begin to learn our arts and crafts.

taking care each day
now and for the future
Earth Day

rain in the night
drenches spring roots
new ideas for poems

The following haiku are from earlier posts on this blog:

Sunday morning
a heron goes for a stroll
on the beach

home from the city
the beautiful city
stars my skyline

for Milwaukee, Wisconsin

fountain in warm rain
reading the Psalms
refreshes my…

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after the long winter – birdsongs



After the long winter, I observe more closely each new sign of spring.  I heard birdsongs, as I walked towards the doors of a store the other day.

Here today I saw a robin on a branch outside the window where I read often.  I can open a few windows an inch.

The brown beach grasses are still beautiful.  Everything in its own time.

A poem I wrote another year:

in the backyard
birds back
and singing
never too old
to find this new

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I posted this haiku on my Easter Poetry site, which is almost complete for this year.  My dream is to publish some large print books from these smaller collections.

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31 – 32

Published in Time Of Singing (1995).



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Blessings for the seasons,


The Japanese Bird Stencil is courtesy of Reusable Art – Breathing New Life Into Old Art.




April – National Poetry Month 2014

It’s wonderful to read about the many ways people are celebrating poetry.  As many of you know, I serve as a volunteer at The Haiku Foundation (THF).  The Education Wall I helped begin last year has grown, and others have added more work.  Jim Kacian, the founder and director of THF, is the Editor for the Ed Wall.  This link goes to his initial introduction of the work (June 28, 2013), which in turn links to the Ed Wall (also filed under Programs).  The foundation is non-profit.  This work continues and is a great resource for teachers.


Don Wentworth is the Editor for the April 2014 Per Diem collection at THF.  The theme is “Transcendence.”

Also, John Stevenson is leading their first Renku Session.  I hope to spend some time learning about renku in the next weeks and months.

National Haiku Poetry Day is April 17.

Here’s the link for their home page, if you wish more information about these various programs and features.  http://thehaikufoundation.org

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Yesterday, I received MAYFLY (Winter 2004, Issue 56).  The Editors are Randy & Shirley Brooks, from Decatur, Illinois.  The cover is a haiga painting by Lidia Rozmus.  This is an elegant publication, with one haiku per page.  http://www.brooksbookshaiku.com

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For readers searching for short poems for bulletin boards, here’s the link to my small site, Poems For Bulletin Boards.  You are welcome to reprint/reblog any of my poems with proper credit.


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National Poetry Month was founded by The Academy of American Poets (1996).  http://www.poets.org

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To be continued, and hope you are enjoying poetry – I look forward to your comments and posts.

Blessings, Ellen