Category: Language Arts

In Loving Memory: Poems for my Parents

My parents both had January birthdays. Many years since their passings, yet I am aware of their love in a simple way. My mother lived many years beyond my father’s death. She volunteered at a nursing home and taught English at a church to people new to our country. My father was a veteran and they were both teachers.

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
How love grows,
Mother

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

My poems were published in Bell’s Letters.

Images: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Happy New Year

I looked at my “Stats for 2019.” After “Home page/Archives” my acrostics for Reading, Library, and Rain are the most read poems.

We are grateful for all the readers, from so many countries, who visit the blog. Thank you and blessings for the New Year and always.

R  est
E  ducate
A  dmire
D  ream
I  nspire
N  ew
G  oals

READING

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

LIBRARY
WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2018

R  efresh and renew
 ppreciate the plants in all their stages
I   nvite new dreams as we age and life changes
 ever without Hope

RAIN

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems and Photos: July – September 2019

WordPress Foundation

I am learning more about the WordPress Foundation – “Supporting the WordPress community since 2010.” Matt Mullenweg is the founder and director.

Karl helped me begin Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin in December 2009. This way of being creative works well for me. I am grateful, and trust that our work is cared for well here.

Post from July 9, 2019

Oostburg Public Library
“A Little Library Growing Everyday”
Photo by Karl – July 6, 2019

Cedar Grove Public Library
Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
July 7, 2019
Photo by Karl

Flowers from Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly 
Oostburg, Wisconsin
July 13, 2019
Ellen Grace Olinger

autumn leaves
the caregiver finds time
to rest

Ellen Grace Olinger
Daily Haiku: August 14, 2019
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

Friday morning
fresh water
for the daisies

Saturday afternoon
yellow flowers
on a table in the sun

Sunday morning
clear sky above
sunrise clouds

August 2019

September Trail post
Interurban Trail, Town of Holland
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
September 8, 2019
Photos by Karl

I was happy to receive A Moment’s Longing, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2019. Tanya McDonald served as our Editor this year. The book is beautiful. Please visit the Haiku Society of America for more information.

My poem in the book:

one red tulip
blooms in the hosta border
time alone with God

Post from September 25, 2019

late afternoon
on a warm fall day
people of all ages
at the market
time for supper

Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly
Oostburg, Wisconsin
September 26, 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poems for SEASON, COLD, and BOOKS

 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.

C old and time to
O  pen books, new and old
L oved and saved – for a
D  ecember day

COLD

B  eautiful way to
O  pen hearts and
O  pen minds to
K  now new stories and
S  ongs

BOOKS

Photo by Karl – 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

Language

Light and clouds, after heavy rain in the night, and I am thinking about language. “In the beginning was the Word . . .” from John 1:1 begins our large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry.

And I recall this old poem. I changed the format for this post, with the Drop Cap letter from the WordPress Editor.

reading poems aloud
raindrops on the windows
reminds me how
Helen Keller
learned “water”

Time Of Singing
Volume 38, Number 2
Summer 2011

And here is the poem in four lines. I appreciate the ideas of editors and how a poem may best work in a journal. How will the poem work with the journal’s style? And the poem will be a part of the conversation among other poems, written by other poets. I like being able to present poems in different ways here too.

reading poems aloud
raindrops on the windows
I remember how Helen Keller
learned water

SMILE
Summer 2010

Photos by Karl – 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems

daylight
some clouds the colors
of birch trees

new books
by poets, editors
and publishers –
their time to shine
and readers blessed

gratitude
for the many gifts shared
blogs and books

Today I began reading Another Trip Around the Sun: 365 Days of Haiku for Children Young and Old. edited by Jessica Malone Latham. 2019, Brooks Books; Taylorville, Illinois.

Ellen Grace Olinger