Category: Health

Acrostic Poem for SEASON

 ilence
E  nlivens
A  nd
S  olitude
O  pens
N  ew thoughts

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose
under the heaven . . .

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 (KJV)

SEASON is one of the poems from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

July Poems and Pictures

robin on the branch
outside my window
rain-washed air

July 15, 2010

Peonies In July
July 8, 2011
Photo by Karl

Deep calleth unto deep … *
filling my heart with hope
greater than my mind

* from Psalm 42: 7 (KJV)

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July 24, 2012

dragonfly rests
for a moment
on the tree branch
long enough for me
to see each wing

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July 18, 2013

wildflowers grow
by fields of corn
words of poetry
uplift my soul
keep me strong

Queen Anne’s Lace
along the roads
missing my mother
she somehow
seems near

July 17, 2014

strength for the iris
while waiting to bloom
daylily

July 16, 2015

early hours
of quiet and poetry
gardens overflow
and if some winter
my mind forgets
my heart will know

July 30, 2015

Gerbera Daisy Plants
July 4, 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

morning music
bird songs more present
than sounds from the highway

July 7, 2017

Flowers
July 29, 2018
Photo by Karl

as I create a post
and prepare to publish
I see the themes
of my life so far

art, beauty, creativity, encouragement, faith, flowers, gratitude, grief, health, hope, love, nature, poetry, seasons. . .

July 23, 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger

some days

some days
I read a poem
and seem to
understand

other times
I reread and
then I may
understand

and years later
see something new

This week, I am rereading Eye of the Beholder: Poems, by Luci Shaw (2018, Paraclete Press).

The language arts are an ever-growing source of inspiration. Sometimes it is good to simply “hear” a favorite author’s voice. A book may have been with you during a difficult time, and now you understand in another way. Luci Shaw is a generous writer. I gave a few of her books to one of the four places where I received care in 2018 and 2019. Now my care is at two places. And home, with Karl. The goal is to maintain progress.

We have to be patient during this time of COVID-19. Karl follows the science regarding progress for a vaccine. We are following directions!

Please see Luci Shaw The Official Website, if you would like more information. I look forward to her new book later this year.

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Saturday

I take a break
from the news
and all the stories
that matter so much

and am blessed
by the sight
of tomatoes
in an old bowl

kitchen counter sun

Creative Notes

I looked at my emails and received a message today from the
Aurora Health Care Foundation. I learned that Nurses Week is May 6 – May 12. We are grateful to help in our area. Grateful for care.

Another message was from Luther Manor in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. People we know have served and been cared for well there. The message today was about donations, so they can buy more iPADS to make Virtual Visits possible.

On April 28, 2020, I shared this Bible verse at Easter And Spring Poetry:

. . . whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.

Philippians 4: 8 (KJV)

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Friday notes

I received an email from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. They began Virtual Field Trips today.

We also receive helpful emails from the Aurora Health Care Foundation.

Karl and I continue at home, and we are grateful. I am home all the time. Karl bought groceries today, and he wore a face mask and gloves.

I have been home for an extended time before, with personal health experiences. And I also spent a lot of time simply being with my mother during her last years. We brought the world to her – everyone needed and she blessed us simply by being herself. When I think of my parents, I think of unconditional love and “big picture faith.” They lived through a lot of history too, including the Great Depression and World War II. My father was a veteran.

Many writers and readers of books, for example, know the experience of feeling blessed by an author from another time. Emily Dickinson is an example.

Or an author in our time. Jan Karon is an example – her wonderful novels.

Many ways to know a sense of friendship. I correspond with poets, and had penpals when I was young. Blogs felt comfortable right away.

This morning I thought of a verse I posted here in the past:

let patience have her perfect work

from James 1: 4a (KJV)

We all have skills and life experiences to apply to this new time. After my mother’s passing in 2004, the grief was hard. And now it is 2020, and I am still blessed by what some may have considered sacrifices at the time.

Take care. Prayers for all who serve and are suffering with COVID-19.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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