Category: Beauty

MOTHERS’ DAY by Win Couchman

Mothers’ Day

I knelt
on ungiving

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)

Psalm 65 The River Of God


Thou visitest the earth,

and waterest it:

thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God,

which is full of water:

thou preparest them corn,

when thou hast so provided for it.

Psalm 65: 9 (KJV)


Post updated: 3/5/2013.

Photo of corn courtesy of
The photo of primroses is by Karl.

Three Irises: Poem About God’s Love


Gold, rust, you remind
Me of the Father’s rich love:
So many flowers
All from one single tall stem
Love upon love upon love.

Purple, you remind
Me of the Son, Jesus Christ:
“This is my body
Broken to break sin and death
Love upon love upon love.”

And peach, you remind
Me of the Holy Spirit:
Sent to glorify
The Son, do what we cannot
These colors are amazing.

Three irises stand
Fragrant in the front garden
Father, Son, Spirit
Sing “Holy, Holy, Holy
Love upon love upon love.”

First published in Time of Singing.