Category: Great Lakes

Poem And Photo From 2011

Last week was another year since my father died. He was a veteran, and then taught history.

sunrise
after the storm . . .
glistening lake-waves
branches coated with ice
and a crow cawing

after the storm
driftwood washes to shore
from other places . . .
what we let go
what we keep

Karl took this photo on March 24, 2011. I wrote the poem the same day.

Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin

I remember

I remember
learning the small roads
and then the smaller roads
the ones not used by many
to reach the freeways

where in the Spring
sometimes
I hear the red-winged
blackbirds again

Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin
March 29, 2014
Photo by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

Books, Poems, and Photos

Today as I sat quietly for a time, I began thinking about the new book we hope to create from the blog. When new ideas occur to me this way, I know the creative process is at work once again. A slower pace now. No deadlines. This is just to share and be creative.

One idea I have for the print book title is Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin: Selected Poems and Photos From Our Blog. Another idea may seem better as we work. The title says clearly that this is content readers may have seen before. And if they like the book, they can visit the blog for similar content that may be new for them.

I envision a longer book this time, different from the large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014). I am still happy with this book, and it was good to promote it again in 2019.

Today I thought about feedback I’ve received over the years and want to remember to include a few old favorite poems.

The daylilies in the vase
Are ending

       Petals drop on wood

I leave them
They express something poignant

       That words never could.

“Petals On Wood” was published in ARTS ALIVE:  A LITERARY REVIEW (1988, The Tinley Park – Park District; Illinois).

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31 – 32

Published in Time Of Singing (1995).

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

Time Of Singing
25th Anniversary Volume
1998

Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
September 8, 2018
Photo by Karl

Kohler-Andrae State Park
Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
August 23, 2019
Photos by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

Wisconsin winter

Wisconsin winter
today the calm beauty
I’ve known all my life
classical music
on the radio

We’ve had strong winds, and Lake Michigan waves splashed up into our front yard, tossing some wood that was drifting in the water. We are high enough above the lake, our shoreline was reinforced years ago, and so we are safe. It’s a different scene with the water this high, and no beach.

Karl took this photo on January 11, 2020.

Ellen Grace Olinger

New Year 2020

Garden Journal
January 1, 2020

Moon and Sky – about 4 PM
January 6, 2020

Lake Michigan – about 4 PM
January 6, 2020

Oostburg, Wisconsin
Photos by Karl