Category: Poems Of Remembrance

once again

once again the sun shines
above December clouds

I turn off the extra
low energy light
by the stairs
that is left on
through the night
along with other lights

safety features
already in place
and also more now
that I know about
from the years
of helping with
my mother’s care

I learned so much from my mother, all those years ago.  She always asked, “Are you writing?”  Not so much then, and that is fine.  Now I write all the time.  

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems: Road of Faith

W  onder and
A  dore, let
I  nspiration
T  each trust

(2012)

Through the Light of Christmas 

through the Light
of Christmas
I found my way
home 

from a hospital
and nursing home
through city and
small town
Main Streets
their streetlamps
with holiday lights

as my mother
was on her way
Home

the time we shared
and still share 

(2013)

“For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD:
thou art my trust from my youth.” 
Psalm 71: 5 (KJV)

blessings of the roads

missing loved ones
grateful for softer edges
around the loss

(2014)

 erene and sure
T  rust
A  long the
R  oad of faith

(2014)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Today I Realized

today I realized
my parents were born
over one hundred
years ago

I picture them younger

Mom in the yard
hanging clothes
on the line

Dad in his workshop
working on a crossword
puzzle

today I realized my parents were born
over one hundred years ago

most of all
I remember them older
when they must have known
at a deep soul level
their days on earth were fewer

each left a legacy

of unconditional love
which continues
in my heart to this day

And I remember this verse:  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 
Job 23: 10 (KJV)

for my parents
Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems: Memories

streets I used to travel
to go to Mom’s house
empty stores here and there
with signs of recovery
peaceful memories

(2012)

holiday lights
in Port Washington
memories
of driving back north
from my mother’s home
all those Sundays
years ago

(2014)

sitting at my blog
grateful for friends
first snowflakes
gently fall
and rest on the roof

(2012 – still grateful)

years
generations
stories

told
in many
ways

how love
may change
yet endures

(2014)

Christmas carnations
in the vase
that used to hold
fresh flowers for Mom
 
blessings
each in turn
return
to bless us


(2015)

mild December day
pheasants in the fields
apples still on some trees
poems to write
many books yet to read

(2011)

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Evergreen Time

bells_1_red

N ovember
O pens to blue skies
V ery cold weather soon to
E ndure, yet many
M oments of
B eauty to
E xperience
R enewal each day

*

ordering
a Christmas wreath
for my parents’ graves
even though I know
they are not there

*

L ove
E ternal
A nd
F orever

*

years go by
leaves fall
time of rest
then rebirth
God’s time
not mine

*

November Wisconsin countryside
Bare trees elegant against the sky
Colors in the landscape muted now
October’s glory is gone
And love grows eternally

SMILE
(Fall/Winter 2008 – 09)

SMILE, a large print poetry journal, was edited and published by Joyce M. Johnson for many years.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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Trumpet Vines and Time

how the
trumpet vines
grew on the wall
of my mother’s home
glorious
like her faith
her unconditional love
when God said
“It’s time…”

August 11, 2010

This poem was published
in Bell’s Letters 135, February 2011.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Two Poems

to the store
on old beloved roads
light and wind
through fields of corn
birds fly together

(2013)

so many years
since my father
lived on this earth

yet when I was
in town again
this summer

even with so much
change

I thought

he would still
know his way
home

(2016)

Ellen Grace Olinger