Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need

One more book note in the spirit of National Poetry Month:

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need (2007, Elin Grace Publishing) is a poetry anthology we published with Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry.  There are poems by many poets.  Lora Homan Zill and I co-edited the book, and Charles A. Waugaman was the Art Editor and Illustrator.

This book is still in print and blessing other people.  It is the first book listed on the Time Of Singing books page, followed by the Christmas chapbook.  There is a picture of the cover of the hope book, with a list of the poets.  Lora is handling the sales of the books.  All proceeds benefit Time Of Singing.  I love the way blogs and print journals can support one another.

Over the years, I’ve been told that I have “the gift of encouragement.”  The goal of these books is to bring a few moments of beauty and hope to others.  All my work is collaboration, and it all takes time.  Even years.  Then years go by, and the work still feels new.  God’s grace.

Thank you, Ellen

stories and memories

Once upon a time, I taught Sunday School year-round for 12 years.  Karl helped me too.  The last 15 minutes of class, I read books by Madeleine L’Engle and C.S. Lewis to the class.  We had a box of art supplies and the children could create as they listened.  Our discussions ranged from the formal curriculum to God caring when their feelings were hurt.  A few students have stayed in touch.  My main goal was for them to feel comfortable with their Bibles, so they could read and ask their own questions.  They did not have to read aloud or say anything, if they were not comfortable.  Reading and skill levels varied.

On my Easter site this week, I posted one of Charles A. Waugaman’s very best poems:  ‘Good’ As In Friday.  I read this poem year-round.

On this site, there is an Easter poem by Charles in the Pages.  This is a picture of a card he made, with one of his paintings.  “Hope Will Not Cease.”

Winter Azalea by Charles A. Waugaman

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WINTER AZALEA

There is a potted azalea in the living room
That feeds my soul.
All summer it planned for bloom.
Month after month it gave itself to this.
I should like to think
It gave itself to me,
Planned to reward me
For the scorching days of neglect
And the numerous hours it lay
Tipped on its side by the exuberant wind,
And crushed against the flagging of the patio.
But the azalea is not concerned with rewards.
It is content to be.
It is in being that it blesses.
I would like to give myself as completely to being.
I would like to feed souls.

By Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)

WITHIN The Circle of Seasons
Elin Grace Publishing
2003, Author Copyright
All Rights Reserved.

This book is a chapbook I published for Charles, who was one of the first editors to publish my work, in Time Of Singing.

I have surely simplified things in the house and garden with plants. I well know the feelings Charles expresses, and I love his poem.

The drawing of the azalea is from wpclipart.  This yellow azalea is from Reusable Art.

yellow-azaleaThese flower graphics from Karen’s Whimsy reflect some of the rich colors Charles liked.

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THF Survey Questions

Originally posted on Haiku Prayers - Poetry And Other Art:

The Haiku Foundation has a question this week, in a post by Jim Kacian,  about THF Bibliography, which Charles Trumbull began.

I was grateful to see my first chapbook, And So My Soul, in the list; illustrated by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010).  I published this book in 2001, and it would be 2014 before my second chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Lake Michigan
thawing . . .
I pick up a pen again

(from And So My Soul)

Charles A. Waugaman was the editor of Time Of Singing for many years. 

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Christmas by Charles A. Waugaman

I keep this Christmas poem by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010) in my Pages year-round, and it is read year-round.  It’s from a card he made.  All Rights Reserved for his family.  Charles was the editor of Time Of Singing, when I began with the journal in the late 1980s.  He offered so much hope in his work.

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Painting by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)

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Favorite art by Charles
from a card he sent me some time ago.
All rights reserved.

The Christmas poem by Charles in my Pages on this blog, with a different painting, is bringing many new visitors.  It is the Top Post, and for some time now.  How he would love blogs!  Happy to honor his work and friendship.

His art and legacy also continue at Time Of Singing, which he edited for years.   http://www.timeofsinging.com