Category: Contemplation

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve morning
many cars on the street
we say in the store
this is the place to be
Oostburg Bakery

Grateful for our many years here, a simple day of rest and joy.

Grateful for all the local businesses in our general area and all they add to our community. For all who help others – the kind words, the door held open by someone I do not know, the caregivers and those who need the care, the art, gardens, friends with WordPress. The cooks and those who serve in the wonderful restaurants. So many people.

I want to say thank you.

sun on a painting

sun on a painting
from a thrift store
calls my attention
to look again

over time the picture
may fade a little
and change

become a new version
unique to this home

other days
the sun too bright
and long

I think things through
what can fade
what should stay
the same

December 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

Tulip Watercolor is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Four Poems

almost dawn
small pink poinsettia
waits by the window

years
generations
stories

told
in many
ways

how love
may change
yet endures

a barge with lights
travels our great lake . . .
thoughts and prayers
for those with thoughts
of home

reading
the Christmas story
sounds
of carpenters
at work

Image: wpclipart

Poems are from my archives.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Grateful

 “Little nails and a steady hammer can rebuild a life – eucharisteo precedes the miracle.”

Selections from One Thousand Gifts
by Ann Voskamp – Page 31.
2012, Zondervan; author copyright. 

I remembered the quote today and had not looked at this book for awhile. The “Interior photography” is also by Ann Voskamp.

In April 2013 I wrote, The goal is to always find something to praise – however tiny.  It’s interesting as I type this, I recall such vivid images of beauty outside the windows during difficult days.  I didn’t think of myself as having that visual sense before.  Now it is appearing in my poetry, as a natural part of life. 

These are photos from my 2016 archives.

Lake Michigan – November 2016

Begonia planter – November 2016

Poinsettia – December 2016

Snow on the blue tarp for Karl’s trailer – December 2016

Thank you for all your inspiration and encouragement!

Ellen Grace Olinger

reading memoirs

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

Ellen Grace Olinger

I am happy and honored that my poem from this blog was published in a new anthology. The book is available at Amazon.

All the Way Home:
Aging in Haiku

Edited by
Robert Epstein

Middle Island Press
West Union WV

quiet hours

quiet hours
of reading
before dawn

reflection
of a lamp
in the window

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105 (KJV)