Author: Ellen Grace Olinger

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

Haiga by Ion Codrescu: Cold Day

Ion Codrescu is an artist in Romania.  He toured the USA in 1996. His above sumi-e and haiku are published here with his permission.

A gallery of his fine work is available for your viewing  on-line at the North Carolina Haiku Society website.

Guest Artist: David Radavich

February 17, 2011 update:  David Radavich’s new book is Middle-East Mezze (2011, Plain View Press).



Break into pieces

and the pot will shatter
its shards

wherever the earth
will collect them again,

where all fragments
wither, knowing this soil

of the forgotten
over-trod by generations

who feast on time
as if they had it all to themselves,

the débris of the heart left
for grave-robbers to discover

yet I turn in my hand
this one blue triangle over

that must have graced
someone’s living and now mine

where the absence was

I claim and declare it

beautiful and incomplete,

hoping for fingers

to clench all indignities

David Radavich is the author of Slain Species (Court Poetry, London), By the Way: Poems over the Years (Buttonwood, 1998), and Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2000). He has also published a full-length comedy, Nevertheless . . ., five short dramas, and a wide range of poetry in journals and anthologies. His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway productions. Fragments of the Third Planet received its European premiere in 2000 in Germany. America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (Plain View, 2007), narrates American history from World War II to the present. His latest collection is Canonicals: Love’s Hours (Finishing Line, 2009).

David’s website is  He welcomes you to visit, browse through more of his writing, and offer your feedback.

“Recovery” was also published in Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need  (Elin Grace Publishing, 2007).

“Blue Vase” from

Tulips from Holland

We bought some purple tulips from Holland.

Sometimes I think I’ll wait until tulips bloom in our yard, planted by previous owners of our home.   Yet, we live in The Town of Holland!

It was in 1846, when the first Dutch settlers came here.

I know this because I am looking at a TIMELINE, a chapter written by June VerVelde in a history book.   Here is the full reference:   Oostburg Wisconsin, Haven of Hope In a New Land.  Copyright 2001  by Oostburg Historical Society.