Category: Chronic Illness

Poems For Bulletin Boards

Through the decades, with volunteer work and other work, and with many good teachers and staff, I taught classes from early childhood to nursing home settings. I think a lot about the challenges for education now.

In April 2013, I began Poems For Bulletin Boards, and am adding new posts. You are welcome to use my poems in your lessons and art projects, with a simple credit for my work. Something I can offer.

I hope someone may think, “I can write too.” Perhaps a young writer, or someone in a nursing home who may be a new poet. All ages.

During my mother’s last illness, I read aloud to her. Authors she remembered, the Psalms, new poetry, and the news were part of our days. I called this time “islands of time.” They grew smaller and shorter, and much more care was needed, yet they last in my memory and were real. Also good to simply rest. Grateful for all who cared for my parents, and my Care Team now.

My mother taught English composition and literature, and my father taught history. I love to learn, and their great gift to me.

Take good care. When life changes in one way, it can grow in other ways. I am grateful to be home.

Poems For Bulletin Boards

Courtesy of Resuable Art

Some Poems Are Gifts

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

another year
has passed since
my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

all that has happened
since the last time they bloomed
lilacs

different shapes
of the rose bush
and lilacs in the yard
they grew towards
the light

knowing
they cannot stay
but will return
lilacs

old paintings
words from my parents
still encourage me

Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

“love for you” was written for my father years ago, and published in Bell’s Letters.

“far from perfect” was published first at Poems From Psalms And Nature.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Poems: Wood

CLEAR AIR AND BLUE SKY

clear air and blue sky
work sounds in the neighborhood

shapes of light on painted walls,
books, wood walls

the art, music, poetry
of everyday life

August 22, 2019

RAIN AND WIND

rain and wind
flower petals
on the wood porch

September 13, 2019

PETALS ON WOOD

The daylilies in the vase
Are ending

       Petals drop on wood

I leave them
They express something poignant

       That words never could.

Books, Poems, and Photos
January 29, 2020

STRONG WINTER WINDS

strong winter winds
old wood in the house
ceilings, floors, walls
startling me in the early hours
speaking to me this day

resilience
strength

the way
Hope holds

January 30, 2012

THESE WOOD WALLS

these wood walls
shelter and add
so much beauty
to this cold day

and all days

others have lived
here too these
past decades

today I wonder
about the other
stories . . .

when the
trees were young

and grew tall
long before
I was born

and then became
this house and

they still seem
alive to me

January 8, 2015

Photos by Karl – July 11, 2020

“Petals On Wood” was published first in ARTS ALIVE:  A LITERARY REVIEW (1988, The Tinley Park – Park District; Illinois).

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

poems

poems can tell stories
they might begin in one place
and by the end of the poem
the poet and reader
are in another place
a poem can also save
one moment like a photo
as one season grows
to another – the beauty
of this day

Photo by Jonas Kakaroto on Pexels.com
Photo by Jonas Kakaroto on Pexels.com

early September

early September
old trees in the sun
and blue sky

hard years show
and then new growth
old trees in the sun

Karl pruned bushes and trees this year. There are also many dead and dying ash trees in our area – so it looks like some trees in the landscape have already lost their leaves. The power companies keep the lines clear. We watch to make sure trees are attended before a storm can cause damage. One year, a tree fell on our garage roof. Good tree services in the area.

Karl is an engineer and has done some good deeds for COVID-19 needs. He helped with the technology for virtual visits at nursing homes.

The branches outside my study window inspire with how an evergreen branch can show a hard season, and then new growth in a new month’s sun. Resilience.

Yesterday, we bought groceries. All of us wearing our face masks and practicing social distance. A peaceful atmosphere, and grateful. We wash our hands as soon as we return home. Then lunch and laundry. Books, music, blogs. Thank you.