Category: Education

Stars in the Sky

The early mornings inspire poetry. I sit quietly for a time. Today I looked for poems about the stars in my archives.

stars in the night
and colors
of garden mums
in the rain . . .
new poems begin

night sky
seeing stars
through leaves

short days
stars brighten
winter sky

the same poems
for the rest of my life
stars and tree branches
another sunrise

Haiku Lesson Note:

Our Haiku Awareness Plan for Grades 3 – 4 at The Haiku Foundation features a beautiful haiku about the prairie and stars by Billie Wilson.

As stated in the lesson, “For this Haiku Awareness plan, we feature haiku from the anthology, Montage: The Book, created and edited by Allan Burns (Winchester, VA: The Haiku Foundation, 2010, 2012).”

Robin at Night is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Poems with the Senses

Yesterday I wrote about the five senses and poetry in my post Winter Days. My post was inspired by work in the kitchen.

Today I reviewed my archives to see if I have written poems over the years with a few of the senses. My poems are visual, because I so often write about what I see through the days and seasons. I wondered about the other senses. This is what I found so far.

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

Time of Singing
25th Anniversary Volume

reading poetry
my coffee gets cold
guess I made it
for the fragrance

Time of Singing
Volume 43, “Intermezzo”
Fall 2016

Time of Singing poetry journal, edited by Lora Zill, has a new site. This print journal was one of the first to publish my short poems, in the 1990s.

fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

My poem has been published online:

Tanka by Ellen Grace Olinger

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
August 8, 2020

A book: They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku. Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press, 2017.

A poetry print journal: Time of Singing, Volume 46, Fall 2019.

reading the Gospels
a few verses at a time
raindrops on branches

My poem was published at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog,
Daily Haiku: Nov. 17, 2017.

We hear the rain and I saw the poem.

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

I see to read, and sometimes I listen (hear) poems online. I often read aloud to hear the words of a poem. This helps with revision too. Washing dishes in warm water, rinsing a plate, and looking out the kitchen window inspires some of my everyday poems.

some years
I hear them first
and then see them
this year a cold day
on the way home
from errands
with a bouquet
of daffodils and food
we see them first
red-winged blackbirds

“some years” is from March 26, 2015 at this blog.

Haiku Lesson Note:

Our Haiku Awareness Plan for Grades 1 – 2 at The Haiku Foundation features a well-known haiku about the rain by Peggy Willis Lyles (1939 – 2010).

I learn again all the time.
And I love to learn. Thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Images: wpclipart

2020 Review

I am beginning to review my 2020 Stats.

Acrostic Poem For READING continues to be the most viewed post, after Home page/Archives.

The Reading acrostic post is from April 16, 2010. And I have reprinted the poem over the years.

Readers are from more places than I can name here. I am so grateful to all.

If one person enjoys a post, or a few, or many – how wonderful. I cannot comprehend, and simply say “thank you.”

I also am grateful for the free photo library. I choose the photo that I think works best for a post. Sometimes the artist has many followers, and sometimes an artist is just beginning to publish.

I love how there is room for everyone, and always room for one more, with blogs. I practice here – a place for me to learn one day at a time.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Note: The Psalms Series 2020

The Psalms Series 2020: A Summary is a new post at Poems From Psalms And Nature.

This is part of what I wrote:

“The Psalms series this year is one of the projects I think of first, as I reflect upon 2020. The idea was simple: post short selections from the 150 Psalms, with pictures. I worked with the King James Version of the Bible. My study of short poetry forms inspired my presentation for some of the verses.

My thought was that readers can do their own research from here, if they wish. I did not assume that someone already knew the Psalms.

The series was from March 2020 – July 2020. This fall, I worked to summarize the content in different ways.”

God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth,
thy saving health among all nations.

Psalm 67: 1 – 2

Blue & White Floral is courtesy of Reusable Art.