Category: Love

Old Poem

November Wisconsin countryside
Bare trees elegant against the sky
Colors in the landscape muted now
October’s glory is gone
And love grows eternally

SMILE
(Fall/Winter 2008 – 09)

SMILE, a large print poetry journal, was edited and published by Joyce M. Johnson for many years.

Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

routine care

routine care
and happy to wait my turn
I watch the world go by
and my heart
fills with love

Ellen Grace Olinger

many times

many times
I thought life
would go a certain way
and then it went
another way

yet I pray the Psalms
read poems by
many writers
and work around
the house

look forward
to how the light falls
this time of year
trust in a wiser
and deeper plan

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

Psalm 18:1 (KJV)

Garden Journal
July 29, 2019

Garden Journal
August 15, 2019

Photos by Karl

Poem today by Ellen Grace Olinger

Good Morning

I sit and read past issues of WestWard Quarterly as I look forward to their new Fall issue. The colors are few outside my study window. Grey sky and evergreens. The gold of the birch tree leaves seems more quiet. For a moment, light reaches the tall old trees.

My goals are simple – everyday work around the house. Follow instructions from my health care team. I remember when I was a teacher and then drove to the Milwaukee area every week to help with my mother’s care. I like that this discipline is a part of me, and I feel the support of past work, as I continue with gratitude.

Great progress, and my new path shines with joy, contentment, and hope. One step at a time. One post at a time.

Photos by Karl
Garden Journal
July 5, 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for MERCY

M  ay
E  veryone who can
R  emember and
C  onsider
Y  our children in need

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5: 7 (KJV)

The image is from Repeatable Backgrounds: Fabric Weaves and Textures (Dover Publications).

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for LETTERS

L  ove
E  xpressed
T  ranscending
T  ime
E  verlasting
R  emembrance of
S  ouls

I wrote this poem in 2010.

Gerbera Daisy Plant – August 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger