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Two Photos: Different Ideas

Original photo by Karl

Original photo by Ellen

It is interesting how photos may be edited to highlight different aspects of the photos. The flowers, the vases and presentation, and light in the room are all part of the images.

Cold Weather

I am grateful for our home, heat, light, and the ability to make a cup of coffee and breakfast. Routine work around the house. All ways of being creative.

As I sit for a time today, I also remember MHVI, the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, which we support. They are celebrating 10 years of service: 2008 – 2018. Veterans in our family are on their Wall of Honor.

So many ways to help our communities, nearby and around the world.

Christmas Morning

Stillness. Home. Grateful.

Some old memories – the way home from visiting my Swedish grandparents, Poppa Ernie and Nanna, at their home in Milwaukee. Poppa Ernie worked on the railroad, and Nanna worked at home. They created a new life here. My father took Nanna back to Sweden for a visit when she was old.

So many years, yet mostly content to be still and simple now. We stopped at Menards in Sheboygan and bought a wreath and holiday planter. Both on sale. Yesterday we bought a poinsettia in pastel colors at Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly here in Oostburg. Some good food to prepare at home.

These are some Bible verses I have quoted in posts, this year of change and new health challenges, and healing. My spirit is strong, and much progress. I remember my mother’s last Christmas on earth in a hospital and nursing home. And I reflect upon all the art and stories of family and friends. My goals are to be well, simple, and continue here.

When my spirit
was overwhelmed within me,
then thou knewest my path.

Psalm 142: 3a (KJV)

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power
may be of God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4: 7 (KJV)

Thou tellest my wanderings:
put thou my tears into thy bottle:
are they not in thy book?

Psalm 56: 8 (KJV)

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. 

Psalm 90: 17 (KJV)

S erene and sure
T rust
A long the
R oad of faith

Please visit Quiet Christmas Poetry if you wish to read more short poems.

Stillness home
Grateful blessings
Thank you

Ellen Grace Olinger

haiku

cross-stitch from the
grandmother I didn’t meet:
“Put the coffee on”

My poem was published first in Parnassus Literary Journal (2004); and then reprinted as part of my page, Ellen Olinger – Three Questions, a haiku series edited by Curtis Dunlap.

This haiku was also posted on March 29, 2015, as part of the Daily Haiku series at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

Poems have their own paths . . . and times.  

Ellen Grace Olinger

Food Poems

CONTRASTS

cold winds in predawn hours
gentle music and a cup of coffee
stir-fried vegetables in olive oil

Autumn so swift this year
time now for a long project or two
let the days grow short, read and rest

clouds hover over small space for sun
wear a bright sweater, look at the gold leaves
store it all for a winter of faith

HOW EASY TODAY

falling leaves
and silent sunrise

how easy today
to let go of old dreams

cook some eggs
wash the dishes
write this poem

The first two poems are from 2012.

carrots, cabbage
spinach, radishes
and faded flower bouquets
food on the snow
for a rabbit

This poem is from January 2016.  When snow covered the garden, a rabbit began eating the bark from the cotoneaster branches that were bowed to the ground. 

gulls lifting
from the sand
corn an inch tall

Published in SMILE (2009, 2010);  Bell’s Letters Poet (2010).

Ellen Grace Olinger