Category: Poetry

Summer days

about a month
of summer days
to still enjoy and yet
the small changes
each day – the unique
beauty of August and
some new light
in the afternoon
by the chair
where I read

Ellen Grace Olinger

The photos are courtesy of wpclipart.

we hold the door

we hold the door
for older people
memories of Mom

From They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku; Edited by Robert Epstein (2017, Middle Island Press).

autumn in the air
young people
open doors for me
at the library

Kiwanis Park
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
August 22, 2018
Photo by Karl

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

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems About Reading

reading the poets
of my parents’
generation
their voices
return

SMILE, 2010

From They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku; Edited by Robert Epstein (2017, Middle Island Press).

reading poetry
my coffee gets cold
guess I made it
for the fragrance

Time Of Singing
Volume 43, “Intermezzo”
Fall 2016

reading
in a sunny corner
of the house
I could be
any age

WestWard Quarterly
Winter 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

names and addresses

names and addresses
for dear friends
no longer on earth
old address book

not yet written
in the overflowing book
cards and envelopes
with last known
addresses

still wanting to remember
what may no longer
be current – places I was
people I knew

Time of Singing A Journal of Christian Poetry
Volume 45  Number 1
Spring 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

fragrance of leaves

fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

From They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku; Edited by Robert Epstein (2017, Middle Island Press).

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems and Photo

rarely at your grave —
geranium blooms freely
on your workshop stool

Modern Haiku, Fall 1996

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions Series, 2010
Edited by Curtis Dunlap

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: July 11, 2017

paintings of trees
on old pine walls
quiet music

Four Hundred and Two Snails
Haiku Society of America
Members’ Anthology 2018
Nicholas M. Sola, Editor

cross-stitch from the
grandmother I didn’t meet:
“Put the coffee on”

Parnassus Literary Journal (2004)

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions, haiku series edited by Curtis Dunlap.

My haiku was also posted on March 29, 2015, as part of the Daily Haiku series at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

willows weep and yet
how strong the branches
that hold their tears


Deep calleth unto deep . . .*
filling my heart with hope
greater than my mind


* from Psalm 42: 7 (KJV)

Poems and photo are by Ellen Grace Olinger.