Category: Birds

Short Poems About Birds

birds in the painting
from the thrift store
forever in flight

how small the song
of an unknown bird
quiet memories

in the backyard
birds back
and singing
never too old
to find this new

bluebirds
truly so blue
trustworthy friends

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

pink clouds
span the horizon
seagulls take flight
stretching to read
new books

afternoon rain
seagulls on pilings
wait to fly again

Images of seagulls are courtesy of wpclipart.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

I remember

I remember
learning the small roads
and then the smaller roads
the ones not used by many
to reach the freeways

where in the Spring
sometimes
I hear the red-winged
blackbirds again

Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin
March 29, 2014
Photo by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

robins

A few petunias
snapdragons, gold and white mums
the robins are gone.

Holding in my heart
as days become cold and dark
robins will return.

PEGASUS (1994)

Ellen Grace Olinger

This Day’s Light: Poems About Birds

this day’s light
hummingbird finds
the hosta

Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow 

“Wisconsin spring” was published in This World: Haiku Society of America 2013 Members’ Anthology, edited by Carolyn Coit Dancy.

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

“morning prayer” was published in Take-out Window:  Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham.

This haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010.

the faith of birds
trusting in seed
under snow

“the faith of birds” was also published first in SMILE, a large print journal, edited/published by Joyce M. Johnson. No longer in print, and I have copies to reread and enjoy over the years.

birds in the painting
from the thrift store
forever in flight

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed


Matthew 13: 31 – 32

“birds perch” was published in Time Of Singing (1995).

how small the song
of an unknown bird
quiet memories

Ellen Grace Olinger

watercolor words

predawn sky
paints a background
for the new roses
in the blue vase

I watch the light
every day

June’s beautiful
days grew longer
as Spring became
Summer

hosta plants grow
and soon the flowers
will bring hummingbirds

then the wonderful
change to August
and many days
until then

and the light changes
all the time and I often
know by how the light falls
the time, month, season

Hummingbird drawings are courtesy of Reusable Art.

Journal Poem
July 14, 2019
Ellen Grace Olinger