more roses

Turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

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Published in BELL’S LETTERS POET,
The Coffee House of the Poets (No. 131).

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I am beginning work on a second large print chapbook, in the same style as Quiet Christmas Poetry.  My first step is to reread my archives, so I can remember my best short poems.  Then I will gradually know the sequence for the book.  The theme is Wisconsin seasons and encouragement.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo Challenge: Weathered

Weathered – The perennials are beautiful as they grow again each year, bloom, and also as they change.

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Daylilies – photo by Karl July 2011

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This was the last lily, August 2015.

each flower
a star for a time
daylilies

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So many daylilies, we need to clear the path, which means enough for a bouquet.  This photo is from July 2016.

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This is a photo from August 2017, with a few hosta flowers and leaves, and daylily leaves.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Winter

Winter is colder this year, though yesterday was warmer with sun.  The days are longer, and the light is different.

We had some errands yesterday, and we went to First Watch in Mequon for a meal.  Karl went to First Watch in Florida with his mother.  We remembered our mothers.

On my way to the Milwaukee area every weekend for years, to be with my mother and help manage her home and care, I sometimes stopped at bookstores that are no longer there.   I felt loss.  Spring has arrived many times since then.

Winter is a part of Spring’s birth for me.

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Image: wpclipart

Photo Challenge: Growth

Growth

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New perennial hosta plants by the birch tree – May 2015

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Hosta – photo by Karl, July 2010

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Lake Michigan – photo by Karl, February 2011

The long winter is good time for creative growth.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Happy New Year