Category: Gratitude

Veterans Park

Oostburg, Wisconsin
August 21, 2019
Photos by Karl

Karl took photos by the small creek at the park. This is a poem I wrote on March 23, 2019.

snow melt in town
some piles of snow
in the park
creek running clear
and can see the stones
at the bottom
blue sky background
for the trees

Karl took this photo on March 31, 2019.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems About Care and Gratitude

autumn leaves
the caregiver finds time
to rest

Daily Haiku: August 14, 2019
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

Snow melting
                in March . . .
                                my mother’s new smile

Time Of Singing (Vol. 30, No. 1; Spring 2003). A long ago memory!

groceries for Mom
fresh flowers
always on the list

more memories
sometimes than
my heart can hold
I select one or two
write a poem

warm memories
and new dreams
yellow bird
on the branch
with a few gold leaves

how quickly
another generation
grows
seems I only
looked away
for a moment
how good their work
how beautiful their art

falling leaves
and silent sunrise
how easy today
to let go of old dreams
cook some eggs
wash the dishes
write this poem

Lake Michigan – August 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

This Day’s Light: Poems About Birds

this day’s light
hummingbird finds
the hosta

Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow 

“Wisconsin spring” was published in This World: Haiku Society of America 2013 Members’ Anthology, edited by Carolyn Coit Dancy.

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

“morning prayer” was published in Take-out Window:  Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham.

This haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010.

the faith of birds
trusting in seed
under snow

“the faith of birds” was also published first in SMILE, a large print journal, edited/published by Joyce M. Johnson. No longer in print, and I have copies to reread and enjoy over the years.

birds in the painting
from the thrift store
forever in flight

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed


Matthew 13: 31 – 32

“birds perch” was published in Time Of Singing (1995).

how small the song
of an unknown bird
quiet memories

Ellen Grace Olinger

names and addresses

names and addresses
for dear friends
no longer on earth
old address book

not yet written
in the overflowing book
cards and envelopes
with last known
addresses

still wanting to remember
what may no longer
be current – places I was
people I knew

Time of Singing A Journal of Christian Poetry
Volume 45  Number 1
Spring 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger