Category: Wisconsin

April Poems

faith kept and grown
when much else could not
the rains arrived
puddles in the fields
how beautiful
the rich brown earth

primroses growing
from garden to lawn
deep decades of roots
strengthen my faith
for new dreams

beginning
in the area
where we had
to take a tree down
new peony leaves

Poems are from my archives.

Pictures are from Reusable Art.

Poem And Photo From 2011

Last week was another year since my father died. He was a veteran, and then taught history.

sunrise
after the storm . . .
glistening lake-waves
branches coated with ice
and a crow cawing

after the storm
driftwood washes to shore
from other places . . .
what we let go
what we keep

Karl took this photo on March 24, 2011. I wrote the poem the same day.

Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Meditation: Books and Journals

I look at the books and journals in our home and am grateful. There is a wide selection: poetry, memoirs, novels, books discarded by libraries, books from thrift stores, books given as gifts. Poets I’ve read for decades, and new poets in journals and who post on their blogs.

Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, by Joni Mitchell, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019; and is a beautiful book. She wrote a forward in May 2019. And she is as grateful as ever.

Poetry called to me from the Psalms, and the hymns, from church. Then when I was young I heard Joni Mitchell, and other artists. I could write too!

Monday afternoon
in March
sun fills a bookcase
from my father

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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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Photos and Short Poems

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

reading Psalms
in the sunroom
fragrance of daffodils

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

different shapes
of the rose bush
and lilacs in the yard
they grew towards
the light

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Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.