Tag: Creative Writing

every day

there are new
sights to see
at home

new leaves
on branches
by windows

dandelions bloom
and hosta plants grow

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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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two poems

some days
I read a little more
with my heart
and let my mind rest

different writers
and their gifts
with many forms

poems, novels,
letters, stories
blog posts

another day
or even year
I will reread and

understand a little
more about craft
and what I learned
from the author

yes, this is the gift
of growing older
all that can be kept
in the heart

grown to new art

Today – still love the mystery of learning. I may read a poet for comfort and wisdom, and later reread and study the craft. “Oh, I see – wonderful.” And meanwhile, a good way to pass the time when I need more rest. Light for a new life-lesson.

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

Poems From Psalms And Nature

February 20, 2020

Ellen Grace Olinger

Images: Reusable Art

Short Poems

R  ose clouds at sunrise, and the day
O  pens to songs, silence, and new
S  trength, with hope
E  verlasting

ROSE acrostic poem

old roses
now in bloom
a few petals fall
from the blue vase
caught by a poem

Published by SMILE, 2011.

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

Ellen Grace Olinger

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morning work

morning work
at the kitchen sink
holiday decoration
from a grocery store
with a red bow
in new sun
on the cedar tree

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Language

Light and clouds, after heavy rain in the night, and I am thinking about language. “In the beginning was the Word . . .” from John 1:1 begins our large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry.

And I recall this old poem. I changed the format for this post, with the Drop Cap letter from the WordPress Editor.

reading poems aloud
raindrops on the windows
reminds me how
Helen Keller
learned “water”

Time Of Singing
Volume 38, Number 2
Summer 2011

And here is the poem in four lines. I appreciate the ideas of editors and how a poem may best work in a journal. How will the poem work with the journal’s style? And the poem will be a part of the conversation among other poems, written by other poets. I like being able to present poems in different ways here too.

reading poems aloud
raindrops on the windows
I remember how Helen Keller
learned water

SMILE
Summer 2010

Photos by Karl – 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger