Category: Midwest

Poem And Photo From 2011

Last week was another year since my father died. He was a veteran, and then taught history.

sunrise
after the storm . . .
glistening lake-waves
branches coated with ice
and a crow cawing

after the storm
driftwood washes to shore
from other places . . .
what we let go
what we keep

Karl took this photo on March 24, 2011. I wrote the poem the same day.

Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Saturday notes

Here is a photo of the cactus I mentioned in my post, February sunroom: We bought a Christmas cactus on sale for half-price, that is just beginning to bloom. We were at Caan’s in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I took the photo yesterday.

This week we went to the Oostburg Public Library, and walked outside by Veterans Park in town.

Yesterday we went to Kohler-Andrae State Park to buy our Annual Vehicle Admission Sticker for our Wisconsin State Park System. These are a few of Karl’s photos from 2019.

Kohler-Andrae State Park
Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
August 23, 2019
Photos by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

February sunroom

We are seeing many plants and flowers on display in stores. It is very cold here, and we buy a few groceries and walk around. We stopped at Caan’s in Sheboygan, to see what plants they are beginning to grow in their large greenhouse. I noted the geraniums. Our poinsettia from there is still beautiful, and we remember when they were growing the poinsettias as well. We bought a Christmas cactus on sale for half-price, that is just beginning to bloom. We are also visiting thrift stores.

At Walmart in Sheboygan, we bought a small tulip planter that is just beginning to form flowers. And fresh flowers there and at Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly in Oostburg. So a lily blooms in the house, along with carnations.

Cold days, with ice floating in Lake Michigan. And Spring in the stores.

the day is young
and no hurry
for Spring
with our
February sunroom

I remember

I remember
learning the small roads
and then the smaller roads
the ones not used by many
to reach the freeways

where in the Spring
sometimes
I hear the red-winged
blackbirds again

Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin
March 29, 2014
Photo by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger