Category: Love

Poems 2020 and Photos

new day
in my older life
sun on evergreens

January

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

February

March sunrise
shadows of trees
on cedar garage

March

raindrops
robin in a daylily
garden

April

May garden
daffodils bloom
through the night

May

early June
ferns as tall
as the garden chair

June

mid-July
daylilies and hosta
tell the time

July

sunrise . . .
some water
for the chrysanthemum

Accepted for publication in hedgerow: a journal of small poems, edited by Caroline Skanne.

August

grey day
colors of books go well
with art on the walls

September

October days
and November in sight
frost on the ground

October

peaceful morning
a prayer from childhood
still with me

Published in Bundled Wildflowers, Haiku Society of America 2020 Members’ Anthology. Bryan Rickert, Editor.

My poem was the Daily Haiku: Nov. 10, 2020 at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

November

work in the kitchen
rice with carrots
and kale

December

Moon and Sky – about 4 PM
January 6, 2020

Lake Michigan – about 4 PM
January 6, 2020

Oostburg, Wisconsin
Photos by Karl

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Some Poems Are Gifts

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

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

another year
has passed since
my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

all that has happened
since the last time they bloomed
lilacs

different shapes
of the rose bush
and lilacs in the yard
they grew towards
the light

knowing
they cannot stay
but will return
lilacs

old paintings
words from my parents
still encourage me

Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

“love for you” was written for my father years ago, and published in Bell’s Letters.

“far from perfect” was published first at Poems From Psalms And Nature.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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December Poems and Pictures

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

COLD acrostic poem

short days
stars brighten
winter sky

almost dawn
small pink poinsettia
waits by the window

reading
the Christmas story
sounds
of carpenters
at work

towards the shortest day
of the year . . .
Light in my heart

New Year’s Eve
nearing the end
of a book
with many more
to read

“For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD:
thou art my trust from my youth.” 
Psalm 71: 5 (KJV)

December Archives
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

Images: wpclipart

Haiku and Photos

These are haiku and photos on a quiet Thanksgiving Day at home, with love and gratitude.

sudden cold –
Christmas cactus 
already blooming

Time Of Singing (1997) and Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014)

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

Parnassus Literary Journal (2004)

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions – this is from a haiku series edited by Curtis Dunlap.

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

winter rain
snow fences
ready to unroll

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin (2012)

Lake Michigan – November 4, 2018

December 2010

December 2011

December 2012

Photos by Karl

Haiku by Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems From Psalms And Nature: Posts and Pages

My second site is Poems From Psalms And Nature (since July 2010). I have been working to review our series from March 2020 – July 2020. These posts are short selections from the 150 Psalms, with art by many people.

Thoughts, prayers, poems . . .

If you are interested, these are my two recent posts, and you can read/view more from there. My goal is to offer a few moments of beauty and hope.

Blog Collage Three: Garden Photos

The Psalms Series: July 2020 Index and Creative Notes

Thank you and take good care.

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