Tag: Bell’s Letters Poet

Poems for the New Year

driving across
a new bridge
on an old road

Daily Haiku: November 8, 2018
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

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

A favorite blog poem

turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

Published in Bell’s Letters Poet

The rose is courtesy of wpclipart.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Bleeding Hearts: Photo and Poems

This is another beautiful photo by Karl from yesterday.

Poems from my archives, inspired by bleeding hearts:

old photos
on my desk —
bleeding hearts in bloom

Published first in Time Of Singing (1994). Also reprinted with the poems selected for my Poet Profile at The Haiku Foundation.

AUTUMN GRACE

leaves of bleeding hearts
now gold
so do broken hearts mend
so does grief heal
Autumn grace

Published by Bell’s Letters Poet, SMILE, and WestWard Quarterly.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes and Poems

I received the new WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading (Spring 2019). Shirley Anne Leonard is the Editor, and Dr. Richard Leonard is the Publisher. They kindly published the small ad Karl and I wrote for this blog. We invite readers of WestWard Quarterly to visit.

These are a few of my poems from WestWard Quarterly, that were published there over the years. This is a print magazine, with a website.

AUTUMN GRACE

leaves of bleeding hearts
now gold
so do broken hearts mend
so does grief heal
Autumn grace

(also published by Bell’s Letters Poet and SMILE)

Monday
and planning
the week
what will grow
what should rest

reading
in a sunny corner
of the house
I could be
any age

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems and Photos

Winter North Beauty

these roads
I love these roads
over so many years

different views
of Lake Michigan

houses and barns
with one wreath
a few lights

fields at rest
and dairy farms

family restaurants
with good food
and service

home

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

Written for my father years ago, and published in Bell’s Letters. I still remember driving home and being given this poem.

There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casteth out fear…
We love him, because he first loved us.

I John 4: 18a and 19 (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Kiwanis Park
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
August 22, 2018
Photos by Karl

Food Poems

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

HOW EASY TODAY

falling leaves
and silent sunrise

how easy today
to let go of old dreams

cook some eggs
wash the dishes
write this poem

The first two poems are from 2012.

carrots, cabbage
spinach, radishes
and faded flower bouquets
food on the snow
for a rabbit

This poem is from January 2016.  When snow covered the garden, a rabbit began eating the bark from the cotoneaster branches that were bowed to the ground. 

gulls lifting
from the sand
corn an inch tall

Published in SMILE (2009, 2010);  Bell’s Letters Poet (2010).

Ellen Grace Olinger

a good morning

Sun rises later, and I watch the light reach the evergreen branches, as I read the new Fall issue of WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading.

These are some of my poems published in WestWard Quarterly over the yearsShirley Anne Leonard is the Editor, and Dr. Richard Leonard is the Publisher.

AUTUMN GRACE

leaves of bleeding hearts
now gold
so do broken hearts mend
so does grief heal
Autumn grace

(WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2011; Bell’s Letters Poet and SMILE)

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

(Fall 2018)

Monday
and planning
the week
what will grow
what should rest

(Fall 2016)

reading
in a sunny corner
of the house
I could be
any age

(Winter 2016)

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Hosta were still blooming last Sunday at the Fountain Park in Sheboygan.  Karl took this photo.