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reading poetry

reading poetry
in my small study
as so often
and always

sun begins to shine
on the walls
and the lamp
no longer needed

how wonderful
to be able to read
and so many good
books to read

Good to see books by friends mentioned on their sites.  Blessings for all, and all the ways we create.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photos by Karl, August 2018
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

a storm begins

a storm begins
the month

grateful for power
the internet and ability
to visit sites nearby
and around the world

different seasons,
times, days

someone is always
creating, sending hope
trying new ideas
recording a moment
from the day
in some way

and for groceries
we bought yesterday

and a bouquet
of roses and chrysanthemums
keeping watch by the window

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems: Memories

streets I used to travel
to go to Mom’s house
empty stores here and there
with signs of recovery
peaceful memories

(2012)

holiday lights
in Port Washington
memories
of driving back north
from my mother’s home
all those Sundays
years ago

(2014)

sitting at my blog
grateful for friends
first snowflakes
gently fall
and rest on the roof

(2012 – still grateful)

years
generations
stories

told
in many
ways

how love
may change
yet endures

(2014)

Christmas carnations
in the vase
that used to hold
fresh flowers for Mom
 
blessings
each in turn
return
to bless us


(2015)

mild December day
pheasants in the fields
apples still on some trees
poems to write
many books yet to read

(2011)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Images: wpclipart

Encouragement, Gratitude, and Hope

I am just beginning to work on a second large print chapbook.  My goal is to finish some time next year.  Good to have goals, and I can revise my goals as needed.

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Quiet Christmas Poetry is still in print and can be ordered from the Time Of Singing Books Page.  All proceeds benefit this print journal.

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The second large print chapbook has a more general theme.  These seem to be a few of the favorite poems over the years, that I have selected for the new book so far.

Because we create from so many places, and read/view in different ways, I will not worry about a given order of the seasons from my perspective.

Blogging has surely opened my world and teaches me every day.   I am trying for universal themes of encouragement, gratitude, and hope.

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roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

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

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losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing

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Monday
and planning
the week
what will grow
what should rest

(WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2016)

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R   est
E   ducate
A   dmire
D   ream
I   nspire
N   ew
G   oals

(My acrostic poem for reading is one of the most read poems on this site.)

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older now
used books settle
in their new home

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how gentle the wind
in predawn rose light
after the harvest moon
I begin October
with small and growing hopes

(Time Of Singing, Fall 2012)

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Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthologies is a page I created for this site, with my poems in the anthologies from 2013 – 2018 (with references).  I also think about a small haiku book.  Many ideas, and some poems may belong in more than one place.  I know I enjoy some repetition, which can be restful and a comfort for the soul.

This kind of work takes time, so I am ready for another Wisconsin winter.  So grateful.

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To be continued in another post.  Thank you and blessings.

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Honeysuckle by Lake Michigan, June 2018.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Photo Galleries

This gallery includes new photos by Karl and some of his photos from our visits to community paths.  I also added a few of my photos of the peonies.  Karl took the photos for the blog when we began in December 2009.  I began with photography in 2015.  These photos are all from this year, though I enjoy creating new posts from the best (or most interesting ) in our archives (poems and photos).

Playing with gallery arrangements, I see how the colors of milkweed plants from the path and peonies from the yard work together.

And the many forms of beauty . . . hope to visit the same places through the seasons.

Ellen Grace Olinger