Category: Grief

Encouragement: Poems and Photos

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need is a beautiful poetry anthology with Time Of Singing. The cover and illustrations are by Charles A. Waugaman. We published the book in 2007, and it has lasted. The themes are timeless and many poets are featured. Lora Homan Zill and I served as Editors. Please visit the books page at Time Of Singing, if you wish to know more about this book.

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E  njoy
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WINTER ACROSTIC
January 21, 2011

tree branches
bowed to the ground
seemingly half-broken
covered with new leaves
my notebook of prayers

April 30, 2012.
Photo: wpclipart

more colors of blue
in Lake Michigan today
than I can name
the wonder of always learning
dreaming new dreams

Poem: March 13, 2012
Photo is from my post on June 13, 2018.

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing, 2012
Photo: wpclipart

Photo by Karl July 29, 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

February Collage

Hope you enjoy February Collage. This review of February years was a peaceful time of reflection, gratitude, and hope.

wind freeing the snow
from evergreen branches
waterfalls

My haiku is from February 28, 2011, and reprinted in Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014).

…to give unto them
beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise
for the spirit of heaviness…

from Isaiah 61: 3 (KJV)

Post from February 22, 2012

poems seen
that did not
get written
frost painting
on the side door

February 15, 2013

Lake Michigan beach
February 18, 2014
Photo by Karl

soon there will be
fragrance of flowers
from the yard
in Spring

today though
there is toast
and coffee

carnations
in a vase
by the window

and books
year-round

“Spring Egg” is courtesy of AntiqueClipart.com.

My poem is from February 26, 2015.

And I’ll pause from my February review and return to AntiqueClipart.com. Two more vintage images:

“As thy Days so shall thy Strength be.”

Lake Michigan
“Photo Challenge TIME”
February 5, 2016

I wrote, Even though the water, sky and beach are always changing, there are moments when time seems to rest a little.

February 10, 2017 – blue tarp on Karl’s trailer.

broccoli for lunch
in bright winter sun
days grow longer

February 2, 2018

The “broccoli banner” is courtesy of wpclipart.

Lake Michigan
February 1, 2019
Photo by Karl

sun shines
on the icicles
by my study window
good results today
from a medical test

February 18, 2019

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 tulip pictures are courtesy of Reusable Art.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Short Poems About Birds

birds in the painting
from the thrift store
forever in flight

how small the song
of an unknown bird
quiet memories

in the backyard
birds back
and singing
never too old
to find this new

bluebirds
truly so blue
trustworthy friends

losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing

pink clouds
span the horizon
seagulls take flight
stretching to read
new books

afternoon rain
seagulls on pilings
wait to fly again

Images of seagulls are courtesy of wpclipart.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Short Poems: Growing Older

As many of you know, Karl and I began Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin in December 2009. A lot can happen in 10 years! Hope you enjoy this selection of poems. I still hope to create a print book from this blog, which is my primary site, with Karl’s help and photos. There will be a page with careful credits, and also with dates and places for Karl’s photos (this will take time and patience). Sometimes, with posts over time, we realize we have achieved more than we knew. No small thing to begin and create a blog. Sometimes I’ve wondered if I can continue; and then I rest and trust and return. And begin another season of work, by God’s grace.

older now
used books settle
in their new home

All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (2019)
Edited by Robert Epstein
Middle Island Press
West Union, WV

loved for years
and now I know your name
blue chicory

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: May 27, 2017

we hold the door
for older people
memories of Mom

They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers
& Others in Haiku (2017)
Edited by Robert Epstein
Middle Island Press
West Union, WV

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing, 2012

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

“seasons repeat” has found many homes, including:
Mayfly, 58, Winter 2015 – Brooks Books Haiku
tinywords – 4 September 2015
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog – Daily Haiku: April 2, 2016
* Also selected for my Poet Profile at The Haiku Registry, The Haiku Foundation. Billie Wilson, editor.

looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends

Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014)
Ellen Grace Olinger
Elin Grace Publishing
Oostburg, Wisconsin

reading
in a sunny corner
of the house
I could be
any age

WestWard Quarterly
Winter 2016

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time…”

From Ecclesiastes 3:11a (KJV)

Daffodil Drawing is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Bible Verses and Photos

These are a few of the verses from the Bible that I quoted this year.

For a thousand years in thy sight
are but as yesterday
when it is past,
and as a watch in the night.

Psalm 90: 4 (KJV)

Come unto me, all ye that labour
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11: 28 (KJV)

A new commandment I give unto you,
that ye love one another;
as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another.

John 13: 34 (KJV)

Yet the Lord will command
his lovingkindness in the daytime,
and in the night his song shall be with me,
and my prayer unto the God of m
y life.

Psalm 42: 8 (KJV)

Mauthe Lake
Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit
Wisconsin State Parks System
April 12, 2019
Photos by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

Through the Light

through the Light
of Christmas
I found my way
home

from a hospital
and nursing home
through city and
small town
Main Streets

their streetlamps
with holiday lights

as my mother
was on her way
Home

the time we shared

and still share

I wrote this poem on December 3, 2013, and added a note:

A peaceful grey day here, with steady rain.  The evergreens are so beautiful.  We are also still seeing geese flying in formation.  Spring, Summer, Fall – all so glorious.  Yet I think I love this time most of all.  Yesterday I went to Target and the brown fields had a covering of frost.  I guess whatever time it may be is the best time.   The wonder of seasons, wherever we are.

Photo by Karl – 2014

Ellen Grace Olinger