Blessings: Rain and Books

Yesterday, I finished rereading A Listening Life, by Tracy Balzer (2011, Pinyon Publishing). She is a new author for me. I know the quality of the work from Pinyon Publishing, and I saw that Jill Briscoe and Luci Shaw recommended the book.

Tracy Balzer “carry some quiet around” is the author’s site. Her new book will be published in June 2021 – more information at her site.

time with a book
needed rain falls
on the gardens . . .
quiet and I hear
the sound of a train


Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

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May begins with primroses

May begins with a small primrose plant in bloom near the house.

Last year, Karl had to remove a lot of garlic mustard, which is invasive. Those weeds have to be thrown out in bags. Not a compost pile.

I learned more about Garlic Mustard and why it is an “ecological threat” at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Karl also pruned our cotoneasters last year and tiny new bushes are growing again.

And I continue to watch good programs at Milwaukee PBS.

At Poems From Psalms And Nature, I began a new series on the theme of Mercy and Gratitude, which will feature my poems inspired by thrift stores, with links to the store sites.

Photo by Karl – May 2020

Garden Colors

This morning I saw a red cardinal and the yellow forsythia by the garage. This afternoon, the cardinal visited the birch tree branch outside my study window.

POEMS From My Archives

time for lunch
cardinals by a pumpkin
in the garden

January 7, 2021

colors change
throughout the day

blue jays on branches
in the lilac bush
just beginning

red cardinal in evergreens

almost every day
I wonder what poems
may appear
what I may write

interesting what may
catch my attention

who or what says

“I am the poem this day”

I only know what touches
my heart and soul . . .

May 12, 2015

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