Category: Poetry

Lake Michigan Poems

cold
Lake Michigan winds
a tiny bird
seeks shelter
by the kitchen window

gold leaves
drift to ground
sunbeam
on the water

Northern sun
shines on frozen beach
still the days grow shorter
shadow of poinsettia
on the wall

barge with lights
travels our great lake . . .
thoughts and prayers
for those with thoughts
of home

“Northern sun” is from Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

rain

rain
and blessed
by poetry journals
in the mail
and on my shelves
that I was not able
to read before

I received the new frogpond The Journal of the Haiku Society of America; and Modern Haiku An Independent Journal of Haiku and Haiku Studies.

Some poets I’ve read for years, and I am always interested to read new writers, and learn about books through reviews. Also interested to see all the ways we share our work – blogs, journals (print and online), books (new and used). More than I can read now, and have learned to trust the right time for different ways to learn and create. I caught up around the house a little this week, and that was creative too.

Ellen Grace Olinger

sun fades

sun fades
art on walls
and prints
on bookcases
in frames or
held in place
by some small
treasure

I take care
to preserve
yet also like
the thought
that in a way
each is then
unique to this

time and place

Image: wpclipart

The poem is from April 2015.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for MERCY

M  ay
E  veryone who can
R  emember and
C  onsider
Y  our children in need

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5: 7 (KJV)

The image is from Repeatable Backgrounds: Fabric Weaves and Textures (Dover Publications).

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creativity Over Time: Music Notes

I enjoy a wide variety of music, and still buy CDs. I like seeing how the artists create the whole work.

From Pandora, I learned of Helen Jane Long, Karen Marie Garrett, Brian Crain and others.

From the News Hour on PBS, I learned about Patty Griffin’s latest CD, Patty Griffin. There was an interview with Jeffrey Brown earlier this year.

After watching a WoodSongs program on PBS, we bought Silver Skies Blue by Judy Collins & Ari Hest.

And I just began listening to Threads, by Sheryl Crow, which includes many artists.

When I was young, we bought albums. One of Joni Mitchell’s covers would be part of my decoration.

Life now is a combination of blogs and also books and music. Everyday work. Fall chores outside when flowers have completely faded, though I leave some plants to look beautiful in the winter snow. It is a blessing to simply wash dishes and look through the window to the yard.

And I continue to read Luci Shaw’s poetry often. She writes in such a healing and honest way about her long life – she was born in 1928.

I took the photo yesterday. As you can see, the pumpkin is on the ash tree stump with October hosta plants. The ash tree fell in a storm, and we created a new image of beauty in the yard. Of hope. I love the hosta weathered now too – all part of the cycle of the seasons.

Blessings,
Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for PSALMS

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

The Psalms have been with me for as long as I can remember. I wrote the acrostic in 2010.

The Psalms are ever-new – they apply to whatever life is asking of me – yet also are comforting because I have been reading a long time.

Thou tellest my wanderings:
put thou my tears into thy bottle:
are they not in thy book?

Psalm 56: 8 (KJV)

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

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

The Psalms inspire me to write poems.

reading Psalms
in the sunroom
fragrance of daffodils

rereading Psalms
colors of leaves
a deeper gold

Wait on the Lord:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord
.

Psalm 27:14 (KJV)

The image is from Crafter’s Cornucopia and courtesy of Dover Publications.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for AUTUMN

dore with no need for a moment to
nderstand this beauty
rust and
nderline with words, painting, photo . . . this
oment
ow and always

Found Art
Leaves on a brown tarp – Karl’s trailer
October 2017

Lake Michigan – October 2017

Photo by Karl – October 2011

Lake Michigan – October 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger