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Wisconsin Seasons and Encouragement

So far, I have a list of several poems for my new large print book.  The seasons here – and each month – have their own characters.  We’ll include a few of our photos.

I enjoy learning about the seasons from many places, from our blogs.

When I was recovering from a chronic illness and major surgery years and years ago, I learned a lot about the materials that may work at these times.  This is one of the ways I began writing short poems.  And when I spent time with my mother in a nursing home, I noted the bags residents had attached to their walkers, or how they carried things with them in their wheelchairs.  A change of view from their rooms to a shared sitting room, with something to read, is nice.

So the poems also express experiences in common, in addition to the seasons I know here.

Here are a few that may be in the next book, or another.  There are many layers to the process.


cold week
ice floats in the water
yet the light is changing
and robins will return
on time


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


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


seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given


country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller than
the gravestones



my blogs – this opportunity to create with WordPress


Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog (Daily Haiku)

“seasons repeat”


Mayfly (Brooks Books Haiku)

“seasons repeat” was published first in Mayfly.


WestWard Quarterly: The Magazine of Family Reading



Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry

“country cemetery”


“seasons repeat”

My Poet Profile page at The Haiku Foundation Haiku Registry

“seasons repeat”


Just a beginning, and with gratitude for all the editors, readers, friends.  I’ll include poems from anthologies in a future post.  Thank you.


Ellen Grace Olinger

January 22, 2018 – I added more details to the credits.

more roses

Turning the vase
of flowers
there are
more roses

The Coffee House of the Poets (No. 131).


I am beginning work on a second large print chapbook, in the same style as Quiet Christmas Poetry.  My first step is to reread my archives, so I can remember my best short poems.  Then I will gradually know the sequence for the book.  The theme is Wisconsin seasons and encouragement.


Ellen Grace Olinger

Two Books

almost Christmas
through the evergreens
clear blue sky


And the Word
was made flesh
and dwelt among us . . .
full of grace
and truth.

From John 1: 14 (KJV)


From Quiet Christmas Poetry – Karl and I gave gifts to staff at thrift stores yesterday.  We also mailed copies to places that care for people who may be encouraged by the book.  Next year, we plan to gradually share copies with Wisconsin libraries.

Copies may be ordered from the Time Of Singing books page.  All proceeds benefit this poetry print journal.  The price is 5 dollars per copy, or 3 for $12.00.  You’ll also see information about Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need, which is the anthology we published with Time Of Singing.  You can combine orders for both books, for the special 3 for $12.00 price.

The TOS books page
provides more information
about the editors, artists, and poets.


S  ilence
E  nlivens
A  nd
S  olitude
O  pens
N  ew thoughts

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose
under the heaven . . .

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 (KJV)

From Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and large print chapbook.

Please visit the site, if you wish more information.

Elin Grace Publishing
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Garden Tea Party by Charles A. Waugaman

Listen to the leaves
of robin song
spill into the rain:

parched dreams expanding
and staining the
long afternoon with

poignant fragrances:
blending past and
hope with vibrant joy.

Charles A. Waugaman
WITHIN The Circle of Seasons
2003, Elin Grace Publishing
All Rights Reserved


Quiet Christmas Poetry and Time Of Singing

Last year I shared how Karl and I created a large print chapbook from my site, Quiet Christmas Poetry.  The cover photo of the winter Lake Michigan beach is by Karl, and a favorite of readers here for some time.  Our book was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Under “Book Offers” in the Fall Time Of Singing, Lora Homan Zill, Editor, included a picture of the Christmas book and wrote: “Light and easy to hold, with large print, it is ideal for anyone battling or recovering from serious illness, or who needs a special word of encouragement over the holiday season.”  This was the goal, and we are grateful.

Please see Quiet Christmas Poetry for a picture and the same content is also there for free.

Lora Homan Zill’s site, with a blog, is the blue collar artist.

The large print Christmas book is only for sale at Time Of Singing.  Please see their books page if you wish more information.  All proceeds benefit this print journal.