Category: Haiku

Poems About Snowdrops And Daffodils

gardens in winter
the serene snowfall
and remembering
where snowdrops
will bloom

January 2011

soon the garden
will begin in small ways
snowdrops

March 2019

blue sky
with cotton clouds
snowdrops

March 2010

reading Psalms
in the sunroom
fragrance of daffodils

March 2015

all the more yellow
because of grey skies
daffodils
forsythia
dandelions

May 2011

sunrise
daffodils bowed by rain
recover

May 2016

leaving them be
fragrance of faded
daffodils in a glass

June 2015

And a poem from February 2015:

blue grey sky
and water
a light grey

sun bright
through
evergreens

this new day

Images are courtesy of wpclipart.

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

Haiku

beyond the trees
in shadow . . .
late afternoon light

January 2019

repotted plant
seems settled now
new leaves growing

February 2012

broccoli for lunch
in bright winter sun
days grow longer

February 2018

The beauty of each day, and the seasons . . .

sometimes by sight
in my life of faith
apple trees in bloom

Time Of Singing (2014)

Photo from February 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger