Category: Lake Michigan

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

Lake Michigan

These are some of Karl’s photos of Lake Michigan so far this year. Interesting to look back, as we look forward. One day at a time.

January 23, 2019

February 1, 2019

The cold Winter, and then pelicans in Spring!

May 30, 2019

The first set of photos are from Oostburg, Wisconsin.

Amsterdam Park
Town of Holland – Sheboygan County
Wisconsin
July 7, 2019

Kohler-Andrae State Park
Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
August 23, 2019

Karl’s photos of Lake Michigan over the years are an interesting record of this Great Lake in the Midwest.

Acrostic Poem for AUTUMN

dore with no need for a moment to
nderstand this beauty
rust and
nderline with words, painting, photo . . . this
oment
ow and always

Found Art
Leaves on a brown tarp – Karl’s trailer
October 2017

Lake Michigan – October 2017

Photo by Karl – October 2011

Lake Michigan – October 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger

Friends and Seasons

new growth
on evergreens
dinner with old friends

SMILE
Summer 2010

late September
and time with old friends
afternoon sun
shines on leaves
turning gold

2011

The first two poems were written for friends from Northern Illinois University and Northeastern Illinois University – we stay in touch and I am grateful.

looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends

“looking at trees” is from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

thoughts of a friend
who always loved and grew
I wonder . . . Has the sky
ever been this beautiful a blue?

for Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)
Time Of Singing
Spring 2011

years go by
and some things
have not changed
rather have grown
stronger

Lake Michigan
September 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

mandevilla flower

mandevilla flower
in a small vase
late August

By the time the weather is summer-warm here, by Lake Michigan, plants are on sale. We bought the mandevilla plant at The Home Depot in Kohler, Wisconsin. New for me this year.

Photos by Karl – July 2019

two poems

Two poems from my archives that I remembered yesterday:

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

wearing
my old sweater
worn thin
Queen Anne’s lace
along country roads

Ellen Grace Olinger