Category: Memoirs In Poetry

more roses

Turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

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Published in BELL’S LETTERS POET,
The Coffee House of the Poets (No. 131).

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I am beginning work on a second large print chapbook, in the same style as Quiet Christmas Poetry.  My first step is to reread my archives, so I can remember my best short poems.  Then I will gradually know the sequence for the book.  The theme is Wisconsin seasons and encouragement.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Daily Prompt: Cherish

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I cherish memories of the caregiving years with my mother and family.  I could not imagine blogs then.  My mother often asked, “Are you writing?”  She was called Home in 2004.

Grateful for a quiet Christmas this year.

And I have to review my archives to remember all I have written since the caregiving years.  One day at a time, and also trust for the “big picture” over time.

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

(Published in Bell’s Letters Poet No. 115, Jan. 2006.)

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Short Poems

zinnia-bouquet

losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing

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dragonfly rests
for a moment
on the tree branch
long enough for me
to see each wing

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reading the poets
of my parents’
generation
their voices
return

(SMILE, 2010)

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timeless summer day
I don’t know how old
these plants are . . .

The images are courtesy of Free Vintage Art.