Category: Midwest

fall leaves

fall leaves
orange pumpkins
for the porch and
yellow flowers
for the sunroom

colder weather
time for my favorite coat
from a thrift store

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Poems: Wood

CLEAR AIR AND BLUE SKY

clear air and blue sky
work sounds in the neighborhood

shapes of light on painted walls,
books, wood walls

the art, music, poetry
of everyday life

August 22, 2019

RAIN AND WIND

rain and wind
flower petals
on the wood porch

September 13, 2019

PETALS ON WOOD

The daylilies in the vase
Are ending

       Petals drop on wood

I leave them
They express something poignant

       That words never could.

Books, Poems, and Photos
January 29, 2020

STRONG WINTER WINDS

strong winter winds
old wood in the house
ceilings, floors, walls
startling me in the early hours
speaking to me this day

resilience
strength

the way
Hope holds

January 30, 2012

THESE WOOD WALLS

these wood walls
shelter and add
so much beauty
to this cold day

and all days

others have lived
here too these
past decades

today I wonder
about the other
stories . . .

when the
trees were young

and grew tall
long before
I was born

and then became
this house and

they still seem
alive to me

January 8, 2015

Photos by Karl – July 11, 2020

“Petals On Wood” was published first in ARTS ALIVE:  A LITERARY REVIEW (1988, The Tinley Park – Park District; Illinois).

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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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September Beauty

There are a few more gold leaves on our birch tree. A few poems from my September archives:

stars in the night
and colors
of garden mums
in the rain . . .
new poems begin

September 21, 2018

golden sun
on gold leaves
unconditional love

seagulls
down the beach
silver in the sky

September 24, 2012

twenty years
and more
since I came here
soybean fields
now gold

September 25, 2013

Poems by Ellen Grace Olinger

Sheboygan County
Kohler-Andrae State Park
September 8, 2018
Photos by Karl

Note today: I see there is an updated website for
Kohler-Andrae Wisconsin State Park System.