Category: Contemplation

sun fades

sun fades
art on walls
and prints
on bookcases
in frames or
held in place
by some small
treasure

I take care
to preserve
yet also like
the thought
that in a way
each is then
unique to this

time and place

Image: wpclipart

The poem is from April 2015.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for PSALMS

P  romises of
S  erenity
A  nd
L  ove
M  editations and
S  trength

The Psalms have been with me for as long as I can remember. I wrote the acrostic in 2010.

The Psalms are ever-new – they apply to whatever life is asking of me – yet also are comforting because I have been reading a long time.

Thou tellest my wanderings:
put thou my tears into thy bottle:
are they not in thy book?

Psalm 56: 8 (KJV)

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

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

The Psalms inspire me to write poems.

reading Psalms
in the sunroom
fragrance of daffodils

rereading Psalms
colors of leaves
a deeper gold

Wait on the Lord:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord
.

Psalm 27:14 (KJV)

The image is from Crafter’s Cornucopia and courtesy of Dover Publications.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for LETTERS

L  ove
E  xpressed
T  ranscending
T  ime
E  verlasting
R  emembrance of
S  ouls

I wrote this poem in 2010.

Gerbera Daisy Plant – August 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem and Photos

early Fall
some beginnings
of new colors

and yet with
the dead ash trees
away from the roads

it looks like a later time
other years when
some leaves
have fallen

corn growing tall
in some fields
and the next field
fallow this year

times of rest
and then new beginnings

With thanks to all who did so much tree work this year, from yards to keeping power lines clear.

Karl took this photo in July, of the begonia and ash tree stump. The front yard had a new look this year.

The hosta flowers were especially beautiful this year.

Photos by Karl – July 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger

country roads

country roads
signs of change
in the landscape
and sky

yard overgrown
with plants
for bees
and butterflies

so much can wait
one step at a time
so much gets done

Image: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creativity Over Time – 2

Perhaps a new series – my post last week was Creativity Over Time.

reading poetry
many different forms
seasons turn again
always familiar
always new

I often read several books at the same time, as I’m sure is true of many of you.  In the morning, I am better able to learn new things.  Later in the day, I love to reread and rest with familiar authors.

from a 2012 post

reading a new book
of poems by Luci Shaw
with a cup of decaff
on my little table
I find myself
saying grace again

SCAPE Poems
by Luci Shaw (2013)
The Poiema Poetry Series
Cascade Books; Eugene, Oregon
Foreword By Eugene H. Peterson

from a 2014 post

D. S. Martin is the Series Editor for The Poiema Poetry Series.

timeless summer day
I don’t know how old
these plants are . . .

ried-and-true
I  nspiration and
M  emories to cherish
E  ternally

TIME

2014

Perennials certainly picture creativity over time. I am ready for autumn. This was the year of tree work and planters of flowers on sale. And all the faithful perennials. The rose bush is still growing – perhaps there will be another rose this year. These are two more of Karl’s photos from the nearby trail on Sunday.

Ellen Grace Olinger