Category: The Psalms

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

Autumn notes

trees with leaves
and small signs
of change

warm hours
and warmer clothes
nearby

books to read now
books to set aside
for winter

As a creative note, posts most often read from my archives are my acrostic poems. Two examples are READING and HARVEST. I wrote both poems for this blog in 2010.

R  est
E  ducate
A  dmire
D  ream
I  nspire
N  ew
G  oals

H   ard work
A   nd hope
R   ealized, and
V   ery grateful
E   ternally, with
S   ongs
T  o sing

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,

bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126: 5-6 (KJV)

Images: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for HARVEST

My acrostic for HARVEST from August 29, 2010 is a favorite poem. Farmers surely know how years vary. Blessings for continued growth, this early August time.

H   ard work
A   nd hope
R   ealized, and
V   ery grateful
E   ternally, with
S   ongs
T  o sing

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,

bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126: 5-6 (KJV)

The vintage Corn Drawing is courtesy of Reusable Art.

The acrostic is by Ellen Grace Olinger.

early morning

early morning
and reading
many writers
each time I look
the sky has changed

July 2014

This summer I am rereading books by Luci Shaw, along with a few poetry journals. Here and there I look at memoirs from thrift stores.

Always the Psalms – a place of stability and hope for me. So much room for growth. Sometimes good to read something new, and sometimes good to reread.

July 2015

Ellen Grace Olinger

a Psalm, a poem

a Psalm, a poem
books and journals

read and reread
a few decades ago

a new time to learn
and new life to grow

and lessons learned
and so much grew

so again another Spring
cool days and rain falls

and how the daylilies
and cotoneasters grow

Journal Poem
May 18, 2019
Ellen Grace Olinger

A Poet’s Window

I look out one window
and there are icebergs
growing larger

how beautiful the light
on the snow and ice

I look out another window
and there are the
evergreen branches
dancing in the wind

January 2015

Today I see a mixed-media painting, perhaps because I have been viewing posts by many artists. I enjoyed the arts and crafts when young, and here and there in my older years. Just beginning, to begin again!

I look up from a Psalm
as I read in an old Bible
held together with tape
and see a painting
in the yard

I’ll write as I might create
a painting some day
from what I know
so far

blue sky background
birch trees
evergreens
the birch tree
by my window
and then the detailed
frost painting
on the window

Ellen Grace Olinger

cold today

cold today
ice along the shore
and brilliant sun
above clouds

warm today
quiet thoughts
recharged my laptop
read a few Psalms
aloud

kind words
prayers
good food
posts

friendship

Ellen Grace Olinger