Category: Encouragement

robins

These are two of my first haiku, published in PEGASUS in 1994.

A few petunias
snapdragons, gold and white mums
the robins are gone.

Holding in my heart
as days become cold and dark
robins will return.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Trumpet Vines and Time

how the
trumpet vines
grew on the wall
of my mother’s home
glorious
like her faith
her unconditional love
when God said
“It’s time…”

August 11, 2010

This poem was published
in Bell’s Letters 135, February 2011.

Ellen Grace Olinger

The Psalms

The Psalms have inspired many poems over the seasons and years.  I read them for strength, hope, love, and the beauty of language.

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reading Psalms
in the sunroom
fragrance of daffodils

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

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rereading Psalms
colors of leaves
a deeper gold

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I wonder how many poems
the trees have given to me

as I pray the Psalms
and read poems by poets

written over so much time
that passes too soon

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clouds with some blue
outside my study window
some days God seems so clear
other days I must dwell more deeply
in my reading of the Psalms

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praying the Psalms . . .
other times and places
cross my mind
and I am blessed
by God’s love
and care
once again

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

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Rain

R efresh and renew
A ppreciate the plants in all their stages
I nvite new dreams as we age and life changes
N ever without Hope

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sometimes
so many years
flow through my mind
today rain refreshes
and the air is autumn

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Karl’s kayak
August 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

Summer and Winter

The day is thine, the night also is thine:
thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:
thou hast made summer and winter.

Psalm 74: 16-17 (KJV)

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Queen Anne’s Lace
Sheboygan Interurban Trail
July 27, 2018
Photos by Karl

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Cedar Tree

Garden Journal
Winter 2017
Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem and Photo

IT IS IMPORTANT

To have a vision
to sustain the effort
to see it all the way
through – –

Even when it seems
to leave you

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This is a favorite old poem, and it has found many homes.

It was published first in Time Of Singing.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Oostburg, Wisconsin
July 13, 2018
Photo by Karl