Category: Gratitude

Lake Michigan Poems

cold
Lake Michigan winds
a tiny bird
seeks shelter
by the kitchen window

gold leaves
drift to ground
sunbeam
on the water

Northern sun
shines on frozen beach
still the days grow shorter
shadow of poinsettia
on the wall

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

“Northern sun” is from Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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 MERCY

M  ay
E  veryone who can
R  emember and
C  onsider
Y  our children in need

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5: 7 (KJV)

The image is from Repeatable Backgrounds: Fabric Weaves and Textures (Dover Publications).

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

Art and Friendship

rearranging
art on the walls
cards, and small gifts
from friends
I see them anew 

The card is a watercolor painting by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010). I created the still life arrangement and the photo is by Karl. I take good care of cards from Charles and other friends.

Charles A. Waugaman created this book cover and illustrated Welcoming Hope: Poems For Those In Need, an anthology we published with Time Of Singing (2007, Elin Grace Publishing). Copies may still be ordered from the TOS Books Page. The themes are timeless. Lora Homan Zill and I were Editors and Charles was Art Editor.

The picture at the beginning of the post is courtesy of The Dover Design Sampler, Dover Publications.  It is a sample from Crafter’s Cornucopia.

Ellen Grace Olinger

New Time

Cafe Bella rebuilt
in Sheboygan
same wonderful people
excellent food
image of strength
and hope

Yesterday, we went to Cafe Bella and then to Walmart. Karl and I each had our own shopping carts, with different items on our lists. We loved seeing the pumpkins and bought one for the ash tree stump.

Ellen Grace Olinger