Author: Ellen Grace Olinger

"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time..." From Ecclesiastes 3:11a (KJV).

books on the shelves

books on the shelves
from many years
new books and old
from thrift stores
and discarded by libraries

looking at the books
as I sit and write
gives me peace
and books by my chair
in my small study

I do not need to teach
from the books, or even
read them on any schedule,
they are my books now
and they give me peace

Ellen Grace Olinger

Short Poems for March

This morning, I am reviewing our March archives.

S pring
P romises
R enewal
I nspiration and
ew
G rowth

Published in SMILE (Spring 2011).

late afternoon sun
shines into my little
study longer
another Spring
is given

a new river of
poems begins to flow
as I grow older
still reading by natural light
late afternoon sun

EASTER DINNER

for my mother

The background is red
her hair has become silver
and her dress is rust.
Her smile these days is pure gold
and her eyes sparkle anew.

Published first in Time of Singing, 1993.

And I will add this poem from January 2016.

another year
has passed since
my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

Lake Michigan
March 29, 2014
Photo by Karl