Category: Language Arts

Short Poems for APRIL

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A  ppreciate
P  oetry
R  ead and write
I  nspire and
L  isten

APRIL

April is National Poetry Month – 25 years!

April in Wisconsin
on opposite sides
of the patio door
the red poinsettia
and red cardinal

2012

years on the roads
pass through my mind
returning home
and in the yard
first tulip leaves

2013

beginning
in the area
where we had
to take a tree down
new peony leaves

2014

colorful tulips
on a cold day
unconditional love

2015

Ellen Grace Olinger

Daffodils soon – April 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

Lake Michigan – Easter 2017

snow melting
from evergreen branches
Easter lily by a sunny window
Poinsettia too
all part of one story

April 2019

grey sky
mourning dove
on a birch tree branch

time with the Psalms
a dove on the branch
pictures a poem

April 2020

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Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Poems For Bulletin Boards

Through the decades, with volunteer work and other work, and with many good teachers and staff, I taught classes from early childhood to nursing home settings. I think a lot about the challenges for education now.

In April 2013, I began Poems For Bulletin Boards, and am adding new posts. You are welcome to use my poems in your lessons and art projects, with a simple credit for my work. Something I can offer.

I hope someone may think, “I can write too.” Perhaps a young writer, or someone in a nursing home who may be a new poet. All ages.

During my mother’s last illness, I read aloud to her. Authors she remembered, the Psalms, new poetry, and the news were part of our days. I called this time “islands of time.” They grew smaller and shorter, and much more care was needed, yet they last in my memory and were real. Also good to simply rest. Grateful for all who cared for my parents, and my Care Team now.

My mother taught English composition and literature, and my father taught history. I love to learn, and their great gift to me.

Take good care. When life changes in one way, it can grow in other ways. I am grateful to be home.

Poems For Bulletin Boards

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Art, Poems, Hope

Every morning, I look forward to seeing and reading poetry. I began this post yesterday.

sometimes
the window
frames a picture

and other times
one small branch
is the poem –
ever green and a blue
background

Photos I select may reflect today, or look forward, or may be art that I simply think others would enjoy as well. An artist may be just beginning to publish, or may have a few followers or a thousand or more. Sometimes I can see that someone is staying with a theme, and trying new ideas. Or I can see how different artists create with similar themes.

For now, words are the major part of my days. And I have other ideas if I ever cannot read and write. Creativity will always be there in some form. Always hope.

There are new study window and kitchen window poems here every day. Some get written. So many ways to be creative. Thank you.

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study window – three poems

study window
snow outlines branches
makes their shapes clear

February
view from my study
on the second floor
snow covers branches
makes their shapes clear

reading in my study
many authors over time
then I look up from a page
and can write what I see

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Inspiration

Ellen Grace Olinger

The blue pitcher
that came with white lilacs and tears –
his beautiful woodwork

by Carol Purington
All Rights Reserved

Carol was inspired by my photo for the (Extra)ordinary WordPress Photo Challenge at this site on October 16, 2015.

Then we created a post, Poem by Carol Purington, on October 31, 2015, at Poems From Psalms And Nature.

The blue pitcher is one of our thrift store treasures.

Previous posts in this series:

Creative Note in Memory: Carol Purington (1949 – 2020)

Books by Carol Purington

Ellen Grace Olinger