Encouragement, Gratitude, and Hope

I am just beginning to work on a second large print chapbook.  My goal is to finish some time next year.  Good to have goals, and I can revise my goals as needed.

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Quiet Christmas Poetry is still in print and can be ordered from the Time Of Singing Books Page.  All proceeds benefit this print journal.

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The second large print chapbook has a more general theme.  These seem to be a few of the favorite poems over the years, that I have selected for the new book so far.

Because we create from so many places, and read/view in different ways, I will not worry about a given order of the seasons from my perspective.

Blogging has surely opened my world and teaches me every day.   I am trying for universal themes of encouragement, gratitude, and hope.

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roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

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clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

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losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing

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Monday
and planning
the week
what will grow
what should rest

(WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2016)

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R   est
E   ducate
A   dmire
D   ream
I   nspire
N   ew
G   oals

(My acrostic poem for reading is one of the most read poems on this site.)

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older now
used books settle
in their new home

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how gentle the wind
in predawn rose light
after the harvest moon
I begin October
with small and growing hopes

(Time Of Singing, Fall 2012)

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Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthologies is a page I created for this site, with my poems in the anthologies from 2013 – 2018 (with references).  I also think about a small haiku book.  Many ideas, and some poems may belong in more than one place.  I know I enjoy some repetition, which can be restful and a comfort for the soul.

This kind of work takes time, so I am ready for another Wisconsin winter.  So grateful.

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To be continued in another post.  Thank you and blessings.

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Honeysuckle by Lake Michigan, June 2018.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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