Category: The Haiku Foundation

Haiku

country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

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Published in on down the road, Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology, edited by LeRoy Gorman.

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I first wrote this poem for EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of Light, The Haiku Foundation.

Last year, I wrote a new haiku lesson for the Education Resources feature at The Haiku Foundation.  Thanks to Jim Kacian for his work in publishing the lesson.

Haiku Lesson for All Ages: EarthRise Collaboration Themes and Poems

Ellen Grace Olinger

Wisconsin Seasons and Encouragement

So far, I have a list of several poems for my new large print book.  The seasons here – and each month – have their own characters.  We’ll include a few of our photos.

I enjoy learning about the seasons from many places, from our blogs.

When I was recovering from a chronic illness and major surgery years and years ago, I learned a lot about the materials that may work at these times.  This is one of the ways I began writing short poems.  And when I spent time with my mother in a nursing home, I noted the bags residents had attached to their walkers, or how they carried things with them in their wheelchairs.  A change of view from their rooms to a shared sitting room, with something to read, is nice.

So the poems also express experiences in common, in addition to the seasons I know here.

Here are a few that may be in the next book, or another.  There are many layers to the process.

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cold week
ice floats in the water
yet the light is changing
and robins will return
on time

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

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roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

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seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

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country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller than
the gravestones

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Credits:

my blogs – this opportunity to create with WordPress

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Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog (Daily Haiku)

“seasons repeat”

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Mayfly (Brooks Books Haiku)

“seasons repeat” was published first in Mayfly.

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WestWard Quarterly: The Magazine of Family Reading

“reading”

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Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry

“country cemetery”

tinywords

“seasons repeat”

My Poet Profile page at The Haiku Foundation Haiku Registry

“seasons repeat”

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Just a beginning, and with gratitude for all the editors, readers, friends.  I’ll include poems from anthologies in a future post.  Thank you.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

January 22, 2018 – I added more details to the credits.

Mother’s Day 2017: Reflections and Gratitude

My parents were teachers.  Dad taught history, and Mom taught English composition and literature.   I played school when I was a child.  Math and science are hard, but I don’t remember learning how to read. I still read as much as I can.

I studied and worked in special education for 20 years.  Then a chronic illness changed my ability to sustain the physical work.  It was also time to return to Wisconsin for my mother’s old age.  I am well within the quiet small town life we enjoy now.

At the same time, I did not realize what a missing piece teaching was in my life. 

The Haiku Foundation gave me an opportunity to write lesson plans.  I cannot think of a Mother’s Day gift my mother would enjoy more than knowing I am using my teaching gifts again.  My mother also encouraged me to learn a form, and that’s how I began with haiku in the early 1990s.

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The latest plan at The Haiku Foundation:

Sharing Haiku Lesson 1: Book of the Week.

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It is interesting how in a way I am in my mother’s literary world, and I also enjoy learning about haiku history.   The haiku lessons I am writing also reflect my work in special education, and include adaptations so all can participate.  The goal is for all students to have a positive experience with poetry.

In loving memory
Harold and Enola Borgh

Ellen Grace Olinger

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