Category: Lake Michigan Poetry

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

winter winds

winter winds
by Lake Michigan

grateful for
the most basic things
in life

shelter
warmth
water
light

the ability to walk
downstairs and
work in the kitchen

sit by the window
with a cup of coffee

fragrance of our
Christmas wreath

Ellen Grace Olinger
December 19, 2019

Lake Michigan Poems

cold
Lake Michigan winds
a tiny bird
seeks shelter
by the kitchen window

gold leaves
drift to ground
sunbeam
on the water

Northern sun
shines on frozen beach
still the days grow shorter
shadow of poinsettia
on the wall

barge with lights
travels our great lake . . .
thoughts and prayers
for those with thoughts
of home

“Northern sun” is from Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

gentle colors

Lake Michigan
grey water today

blue clouds
along the horizon
and then light grey
clouds and sky

trees with their
new green

Honeysuckle grows by Lake Michigan – June 2017.

Poem and this photo are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Japanese Honeysuckle is courtesy of wpclipart.