Category: Tanka

late afternoon

late afternoon
on a warm fall day
people of all ages
at the market
time for supper

Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly – Oostburg, Wisconsin

We bought these flowers at Mentink’s Market in July.

Ellen Grace Olinger

two poems

we wait and watch
the train go by
in our small town
memories of my
Swedish grandparents

My grandfather worked on the railroad, and I remember my grandmother’s kitchen!

train lights
and late afternoon
grey sky
Autumn begins
tomorrow

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Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Creativity Over Time – 5

REMEMBRANCE, LOVE, FAITH, HOPE

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
How love grows,
Mother

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

These two poems were published by Bell’s Letters.

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing, 2012

another year
has passed since
my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

L  ove
E  ternal
A  nd
F  orever

LEAF

light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

This was my poem in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.

Also published by:
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: Aug. 21, 2019

home from Sheboygan
grateful for the same roads
this long

Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
September 8, 2018
Photos by Karl

Other posts in this series:

Creativity Over Time
Creativity Over Time – 2
Creativity Over Time – 3
Creativity Over Time – 4

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creativity Over Time – 4

days grow shorter
gentle turning
of windmills

how gentle the wind
in predawn rose light
after the harvest moon
I begin October
with small and growing hopes

Time Of SingingFall 2012

late November
sun fills a glass
for a time

Time Of Singing, Fall 2013

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

family dinner
memories span decades
in minutes

sunrise clouds
years that passed too soon
are with me still

driving across
a new bridge
on an old road

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: Nov. 8, 2018

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

WestWard Quarterly
Winter 2016

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time…”

From Ecclesiastes 3:11a (KJV)

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

The Windmill drawing is by Walter Crane and is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Friends and Seasons

new growth
on evergreens
dinner with old friends

SMILE
Summer 2010

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

2011

The first two poems were written for friends from Northern Illinois University and Northeastern Illinois University – we stay in touch and I am grateful.

looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends

“looking at trees” is from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

thoughts of a friend
who always loved and grew
I wonder . . . Has the sky
ever been this beautiful a blue?

for Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)
Time Of Singing
Spring 2011

years go by
and some things
have not changed
rather have grown
stronger

Lake Michigan
September 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

light

old garage
in morning light
view from kitchen window

today

clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

from my archives

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