Category: The Psalms

books on the shelf

books on the shelf
supported by each other
kindness of friends

(from my archives)

Three of the books on my shelf today are:

The Psalms: With Commentary by Kathleen Norris. Riverhead Books, New York, November 1997. Commentary copyright 1997 by Kathleen Norris. I am referring to this book, which reprints from the King James Version of the Bible, for my series at Poems From Psalms And Nature. I read different translations of the Bible, old and new.

Some Glad Morning: Poems by Barbara Crooker. Pitt Poetry Series. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA. Copyright 2019 by Barbara Crooker. Please visit her site for more information. I own and have read many of Barbara’s books.

The Heron’s Nest Volume 21 2019. This is an annual print edition. John Stevenson is Managing Editor. Please visit The Heron’s Nest for more information. The March 2020 online issue of this English-language haiku journal is also there.

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Meditation: Seasons

I was listening to music that recalled many years, and I remembered a verse from the Psalms.

They go from strength to strength . . .
From Psalm 84: 7 (KJV)

One of my early poems is “And So My Soul:”

Endurance is eloquent
And marigolds are
Admirable because
They bloom
So long

I wrote the poem in 1981, and it was published by Time Of Singing in 1991. You can read the poem in my post from August 10, 2019.

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Creative Notes: Psalms And Nature, Haiku

This time of great need is a post I wrote yesterday, at Poems From Psalms And Nature. Then the next post was from Psalm 17.

I also wrote about the Psalms in 2010, in the Haiku – Three Questions series edited by Curtis Dunlap. Ellen Olinger – Three Questions is my page at his site, Blogging Along Tobacco Road. There is a significant poetry archive there.

Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

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after the storm

after the storm
blue sky and sun
on evergreens
covered with snow

I pray a few verses
from the Psalms
after the storm
and always

Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

Primrose Botanical Print is courtesy of Reusable Art.

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