Category: Seasons

for a time

reading poetry
from books and journals
recently in the mail
and also on my shelves
for a time

and for a different
sense of time

the new sun
on the birch trees
in the back yard

January 2015

Ellen Grace Olinger

Wisconsin Winters

asked here and there
if we go South
for a time

we stay


A poem last January, and we are settled for another winter. And I also know there could be a time to change. The winters can be very hard. I so love our four seasons, and watching carefully. Each month is different. The small strong snowdrops are the first perennials to bloom in our yard. One year, they were covered with new snow, and then there they still were, with their tiny flowers.

Years ago, I wrote this short poem. I remember how significant it was that I could write a poem.

First real snow
last night
My heart lifts
January light.

“First real snow” was published in SMILE (WINTER 2000-01); and reprinted in SMILE (FALL/WINTER 2009-10). With a lot of winter ahead, the light is already different. A unique beauty.

Reusable Art

With best wishes for the New Year.

Ellen Grace Olinger


Photos from yesterday
Grateful for flowers from stores
Ellen Grace Olinger

Mauthe Lake
We walked around the lake on the Tamarack Circle Nature Trail.
Fond du Lac County
July 15, 2018
Photos by Karl

a look at the gardens

raindrops on the windows
after the rain and some wind

reading, and I want to see
the gardens, as I did not stay
in touch with them as well
this year

though the perennials –
so reliable – were
as beautiful as ever

now is a good time
to begin again
with a closer look
from the windows

beautiful brown colors
of December and
some green remains

no work in the yard
needed today

a time of rest and
so much to look forward
to as the seasons continue

one moment at a time

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo by Karl
July 2018