Category: Memoirs In Poetry

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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The Midwest

I have written about always living in the Midwest. Yet places vary, cities and towns. There have been many adjustments and “new learning curves” over decades. I am grateful.

These are a few poems from my archives.

no longer
a stranger
the joy of being able
to share long stories
of this area

home from Sheboygan
grateful for the same roads
this long

five roads
from this corner
now I know
my way home
on them all

Haiku Lesson Note:

Our Haiku Reading Plan for Grades 5 – 6 at The Haiku Foundation features haiku from the Midwest. The Goal for this plan is “To show beginning comprehension of haiku by a variety of poets; along with beginning to discover haiku history through examples of poems.”

Stuart J. Mentink Memorial Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin – July 6, 2019
Photo by Karl

Grateful for Community

The Sheboygan County Wisconsin site has current and important information about Coronavirus (COVID-19). We follow the data at the Sheboygan County Coronavirus Case Dashboard.

So often I think of my parents and the history they lived through. We are all living through COVID-19 history. We wear our face masks, practice social distance, wash our hands often, etc. We take care of one another and ourselves. Our common story, one day at a time.

Future posts will feature the libraries in our area. I am always so grateful for libraries.

Thank YOU for your posts from many places. You add so much to my days.

I am creating a lot at home, since I am here most of the time. I can see this in my haiku. Recent posts are examples. I am calling these “Study Poems.”

time with a book

reading haiku

plant in sun

late November

Thank you and take good care.

window in my study

window in my study
trees and sky
through the seasons
and years

the view changes
and yet the same
more to learn
and a place to read
and rest


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Creative Writing

My routine is simple and consistent.

silence for a time
prayer

breakfast
morning work
some news

read and rest
the same views
offer beauty

art on the walls
from thrift stores
and friends

read many poets
hear many voices
their worlds

perhaps write a poem

One of the best ways to learn how to write is to read.

I have read many methods books and common advice is to create a routine. A lot can get done, in small spaces – place and time – over time.

And a Creative Note: Last month, I began Large Print Poems. I am reprinting some of my acrostic poems, haiku, tanka, and other poems.

Blessings

Ellen Grace Olinger

early September

early September
old trees in the sun
and blue sky

hard years show
and then new growth
old trees in the sun

Karl pruned bushes and trees this year. There are also many dead and dying ash trees in our area – so it looks like some trees in the landscape have already lost their leaves. The power companies keep the lines clear. We watch to make sure trees are attended before a storm can cause damage. One year, a tree fell on our garage roof. Good tree services in the area.

Karl is an engineer and has done some good deeds for COVID-19 needs. He helped with the technology for virtual visits at nursing homes.

The branches outside my study window inspire with how an evergreen branch can show a hard season, and then new growth in a new month’s sun. Resilience.

Yesterday, we bought groceries. All of us wearing our face masks and practicing social distance. A peaceful atmosphere, and grateful. We wash our hands as soon as we return home. Then lunch and laundry. Books, music, blogs. Thank you.