Category: Books

changes in the yard

changes in the yard
over the years
wildflowers

pruned back
and growing anew
cotoneasters

birds visit the birch tree
near where I read
I still do not know
all their songs

friends
for as long as I can remember
books and more books

changes in the yard
wildflowers I love
grow here too

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seasons repeat

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

This is an example of a poem that I wrote for this blog, and that was reprinted several times.

August 17, 2014
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

My post for August 9, 2018 lists additional credits.

The most recent credit for “seasons repeat” is The Signature Haiku Anthology, Including Senryu and Tanka. Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press, 2020.

Some poems are gifts. How I love the seasons in Wisconsin. Just now, this time when July is so beautiful, and August not far away, is a time of year that seems especially wonderful. As every time has a unique beauty and is a blessing, an inspiration, a gift.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for SEASON

 ilence
E  nlivens
A  nd
S  olitude
O  pens
N  ew thoughts

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose
under the heaven . . .

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 (KJV)

SEASON is one of the poems from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

some days

some days
I read a poem
and seem to
understand

other times
I reread and
then I may
understand

and years later
see something new

This week, I am rereading Eye of the Beholder: Poems, by Luci Shaw (2018, Paraclete Press).

The language arts are an ever-growing source of inspiration. Sometimes it is good to simply “hear” a favorite author’s voice. A book may have been with you during a difficult time, and now you understand in another way. Luci Shaw is a generous writer. I gave a few of her books to one of the four places where I received care in 2018 and 2019. Now my care is at two places. And home, with Karl. The goal is to maintain progress.

We have to be patient during this time of COVID-19. Karl follows the science regarding progress for a vaccine. We are following directions!

Please see Luci Shaw The Official Website, if you would like more information. I look forward to her new book later this year.

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