Poem and Photo


To have a vision
to sustain the effort
to see it all the way
through – –

Even when it seems
to leave you


This is a favorite old poem, and it has found many homes.

It was published first in Time Of Singing.

Ellen Grace Olinger


Oostburg, Wisconsin
July 13, 2018
Photo by Karl

Harrington Beach State Park – 2

Karl took photos of signs that tell the history of the property that became this park.


This sign explains that the “trail takes you on a historical journey around Quarry Lake, once the site of a quarry and an old company town called Stonehaven.  Though much has changed since then, you can still imagine the workers as they cut and hauled limestone from the quarry long ago.”




Harrington Beach State Park

July 12, 2018


country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs


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


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

Kohler-Andrae State Park



We walked on the cordwalk, which serves to protect the natural areas.


Karl walked to a view of Lake Michigan.  We also visited a beach area – many people and the water is high here too.  We hope to return another day, and take photos of the narrow beach.


Sand dunes are beautiful to see.


Kohler-Andrae State Park
July 11, 2017

Photos by Karl