Category: Poetry

Creative Notes

Almost fall, and I’m reading the Fall 2017 WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading. 

This week I heard from the Editor, Shirley Anne Leonard, about my recent submission of poems from my blogs.  One of your favorites, Acrostic for Library, will appear in the new Fall issue.

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

I am grateful to be able to share poetry in many ways.

Thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger

September Poems

Autumn afternoon
the early glow
of streetlights in town

September 25, 2010

late September
and time with old friends
afternoon sun
shines on leaves
turning gold

September 26, 2011

golden sun
on gold leaves
unconditional love

seagulls
down the beach
silver in the sky

September 24, 2012

now the light
falls in a new way
in the house
shadows of leaves
on a page of poetry

September 28, 2013

rain through fog
a few gold leaves
on the birch tree
shine brighter

September 10, 2014

September leaves
in Sunday sun
prayers of love
and peace
for those in need

September 6, 2015

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem and Photos

warm memories
and new beginnings
a yellow bird
lights on the branches
with a few gold leaves

August 17, 2010

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Interurban Trail, Town of Holland
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
August 26, 2018
Photos by Karl

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

Education Resources at The Haiku Foundation

For a few years, I served as a volunteer in education at The Haiku Foundation.

In 2013, their Education Resources feature was first published.  Jim Kacian and I wrote the first set of lessons for the elementary grades.  Montage: The Book, edited by Allan Burns, was a primary textbook.  Dave Russo and Billie Wilson also helped with this work.  Billie was the editor of the Haiku Registry, and I read there a lot, as I wrote lessons.

Brad Bennett and Jeannie Martin hosted the How We Haiku – Teaching Stories series.  The 19 stories are also listed on the Education Resources page, and you can link to the original posts at The Haiku Foundation.

Many poets, teachers, and scholars contribute their work.

Ellen Grace Olinger

The Psalms

The Psalms have inspired many poems over the seasons and years.  I read them for strength, hope, love, and the beauty of language.

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reading Psalms
in the sunroom
fragrance of daffodils

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P romises of
S erenity
A nd
L ove
M editations and
S trength

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rereading Psalms
colors of leaves
a deeper gold

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I wonder how many poems
the trees have given to me

as I pray the Psalms
and read poems by poets

written over so much time
that passes too soon

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clouds with some blue
outside my study window
some days God seems so clear
other days I must dwell more deeply
in my reading of the Psalms

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praying the Psalms . . .
other times and places
cross my mind
and I am blessed
by God’s love
and care
once again

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Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger