Garden Journal

I looked at the garden one day, and then realized the plants on the ground are the ferns. They will return.

Sunday morning
tree shadows
on the cedar fence

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Haiku and Photos

These are haiku and photos on a quiet Thanksgiving Day at home, with love and gratitude.

sudden cold –
Christmas cactus 
already blooming

Time Of Singing (1997) and Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014)

cross-stitch from the
grandmother I didn’t meet:
“Put the coffee on”

Parnassus Literary Journal (2004)

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions – this is from a haiku series edited by Curtis Dunlap.

My haiku was also posted on March 29, 2015, as part of the Daily Haiku series at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

winter rain
snow fences
ready to unroll

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin (2012)

Lake Michigan – November 4, 2018

December 2010

December 2011

December 2012

Photos by Karl

Haiku by Ellen Grace Olinger

Gratitude

Rain and wind – sound of rain and sight of evergreen branches in wind. I read and then sweep the kitchen floor. Karl went to Walmart for us, and we will enjoy Thanksgiving at our kitchen table.

I stopped at the sunroom window, to thank the Christmas cactus for blooming again this year.

There were years of driving from one home to another, or to a restaurant in another city, to honor older family members who are no longer with us.

I also remember holidays with my mother and home health care, and later a nursing home. These memories bless me still. And the beautiful drives North again, with holiday lights in small towns. City streets and country roads. Home by Lake Michigan in Oostburg, Wisconsin.

The traditions were important. Good to grow new traditions as well, and adapt to change. Health first. Every year is different, it seems.

I look forward to Thanksgiving, and then to Advent in a quiet way. Creative at home.

Thank you and take good care.

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