Tag: Creativity Over Time

review – 2

early poems
and new gifts
of trying to write
in a new way

setting aside often
for all the right reasons
and then renewal
over time

not a clue
that blogs were
in my future

and would offer
the world to me

These are garden photos by Karl, from spring and summer this year. I look forward to every day and season. Take good care.

May garden
daffodils bloom
through the night

The begonia planter continues to bloom.

mid-July
daylilies and hosta
tell the time

Lake Michigan – Oostburg, Wisconsin

review is my post from September 1, 2020. This project is about my poetry files, before emails and blogs.

Thank you

Ellen Grace Olinger

review

Yesterday, I began my review of my poetry files, before email. This has been a goal for awhile.

I know there is a lot to learn there: poems sent for review, a few accepted, and most of all, the feedback from writers and editors. This is all a part of so many years and memories. An hour here, an hour there. Not too much at one time.

Most of all, I want to say thank you to editors who took the time to encourage a new poet. I am always beginning anew. Most of all, with my poems, I try to express in simple language the seasons and daily life through the years. Encouragement.

I have lost touch with some print journals and editors. Often, they were from a generation older than me. I will let go, and I will also save a few notes and old poems. Perhaps create a collage. And some new space in my files for life now.

And thank you. I like that the work I want to save is all here, and lots of informal posts too.

revison is a new poem yesterday at Poems From Psalms And Nature.

Reusable Art

Ellen Grace Olinger

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

Photo by Tom Mann on Pexels.com

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Creative Notes, Poems, and Photos

One day this winter, Karl and I went to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This has been on our list for some time. We enjoyed our visit and the people working there were so helpful.

Another visit to Mead Public Library in Sheboygan is also on our list.

And our Oostburg Public Library “A Little Library Growing Everyday.”

A note of gratitude: as I think over the years, my heart is touched by the kindness of people as I have grown older and experienced some health challenges. Some poems from my archives reflect this theme.

autumn in the air
young people
open doors for me
at the library

autumn leaves
the caregiver finds time
to rest

“autumn leaves” was the Daily Haiku for August 14, 2019.
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

how quickly
another generation
grows
seems I only
looked away
for a moment

how good their work
how beautiful their art

Tulips from a store – February 9, 2016

April 7, 2017

May 2, 2016

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5: 7 (KJV)

Notes, poems, and photos are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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