Category: Memoirs In Poetry

Wisconsin Seasons and Encouragement

So far, I have a list of several poems for my new large print book.  The seasons here – and each month – have their own characters.  We’ll include a few of our photos.

I enjoy learning about the seasons from many places, from our blogs.

When I was recovering from a chronic illness and major surgery years and years ago, I learned a lot about the materials that may work at these times.  This is one of the ways I began writing short poems.  And when I spent time with my mother in a nursing home, I noted the bags residents had attached to their walkers, or how they carried things with them in their wheelchairs.  A change of view from their rooms to a shared sitting room, with something to read, is nice.

So the poems also express experiences in common, in addition to the seasons I know here.

Here are a few that may be in the next book, or another.  There are many layers to the process.

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cold week
ice floats in the water
yet the light is changing
and robins will return
on time

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reading
in a sunny corner
of the house
I could be
any age

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roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

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seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

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country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller than
the gravestones

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Credits:

my blogs – this opportunity to create with WordPress

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Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog (Daily Haiku)

“seasons repeat”

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Mayfly (Brooks Books Haiku)

“seasons repeat” was published first in Mayfly.

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WestWard Quarterly: The Magazine of Family Reading

“reading”

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Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry

“country cemetery”

tinywords

“seasons repeat”

My Poet Profile page at The Haiku Foundation Haiku Registry

“seasons repeat”

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Just a beginning, and with gratitude for all the editors, readers, friends.  I’ll include poems from anthologies in a future post.  Thank you.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

January 22, 2018 – I added more details to the credits.

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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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.