Category: Art

MOTHERS’ DAY by Win Couchman

Mothers’ Day

Small,
I knelt
on ungiving
linoleum.
Restless,
peeking,
uneasy.

Around me
larger backsides,
bigger shoes
than mine
loomed below
bent shoulders,
bowed heads.

My mother
and mother’s mother
and assorted saints
of their generations
were kneeling.

Fifty years
and more
have gone.
And I remember:
They prayed.

Reprinted here with Win’s permission.  From her book:  “Don’t Call Me Spry:” Creative Possibilities for Later Life.   Harold Shaw Publishers.  1990.

Photo of Lake Michigan by Karl Olinger.

Mother’s Day in May: A Remembrance with Psalm 131: 1-2 (KJV)


My mom is in Heaven. During the caregiving years, our friendship grew in a new way:  my mother in her 80s and me in my 40s.    Many have similar stories…

By God’s grace, following her passing in 2004,  a new chapter has grown and is growing.  It is different and beautiful in its own way.

Mom loved the King James Version of the Bible.

  The following seems to fit with this Post.

LORD, my heart is not haughty,

nor mine eyes lofty:

 neither do I exercise myself in great matters,

 or in things too high for me.

Surely I have behaved and quieted myself,

as a child that is weaned of his mother:

 my soul is even as a weaned child.

Psalm 131: 1-2 (KJV)

Haiku – Three Questions Series with Curtis Dunlap

Yesterday, I had the privilege of being a guest on Blogging Along Tobacco Road,  which is written, edited, and published by Curtis Dunlap  http://tobaccoroadpoet.com/

The Poets in this Series respond to 3 questions:
1) Why do you write haiku?
2) What other poetic forms do you enjoy?
3) Of the many wonderful haiku you’ve written, what do you consider to be your top three?

Here is the link to my answers:  http://tobaccoroadpoet.blogspot.com/2010/04/ellen-olinger-three-questions.html.