Category: Winter

Haiku and Photos

These are haiku and photos on a quiet Thanksgiving Day at home, with love and gratitude.

sudden cold –
Christmas cactus 
already blooming

Time Of Singing (1997) and Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014)

cross-stitch from the
grandmother I didn’t meet:
“Put the coffee on”

Parnassus Literary Journal (2004)

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions – this is from a haiku series edited by Curtis Dunlap.

My haiku was also posted on March 29, 2015, as part of the Daily Haiku series at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

winter rain
snow fences
ready to unroll

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin (2012)

Lake Michigan – November 4, 2018

December 2010

December 2011

December 2012

Photos by Karl

Haiku by Ellen Grace Olinger

Classic Book

WinterSong: Christmas Readings by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw is a beautiful book.

The hardcover edition was published in 1996 by Harold Shaw Publishers (Wheaton, Illinois). I also have the paperback version that was published by Regent College Publishing (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).

WinterSong is a classic now, and I enjoy rereading some selections each year.

Madeleine L’Engle

Luci Shaw

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

Haiku: Trees

blue sky and trees
on the birch tree branch
blue jay

June 6, 2019

light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

Published in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.

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

wind uplifting
branches of trees
sunrise

September 7, 2010

paintings of trees
on old pine walls
quiet music

Published in Four Hundred and Two Snails, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2018, edited by Nicholas M. Sola.

wind freeing the snow
from evergreen branches
waterfalls

Quiet Christmas Poetry
(site and large print chapbook)

Photo by Steffi Wacker on Pexels.com

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

grey Monday

grey Monday
a few more poems
read from a book
ordered awhile ago

Each week, I try to read many poets and poems. Different places and times, forms and styles of poetry. Then I write from simple daily life. The poetry is always present, and some images become short poems.

And an older poem:

Contrasts

cold winds in predawn hours
gentle music and a cup of coffee
stir-fried vegetables in olive oil

Autumn so swift this year
time now for a long project or two
let the days grow short, read and rest

clouds hover over small space for sun
wear a bright sweater, look at the gold leaves
store it all for a winter of faith

October 11, 2012