Tag: Elin Grace Publishing

Short Poems: Growing Older

As many of you know, Karl and I began Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin in December 2009. A lot can happen in 10 years! Hope you enjoy this selection of poems. I still hope to create a print book from this blog, which is my primary site, with Karl’s help and photos. There will be a page with careful credits, and also with dates and places for Karl’s photos (this will take time and patience). Sometimes, with posts over time, we realize we have achieved more than we knew. No small thing to begin and create a blog. Sometimes I’ve wondered if I can continue; and then I rest and trust and return. And begin another season of work, by God’s grace.

older now
used books settle
in their new home

All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (2019)
Edited by Robert Epstein
Middle Island Press
West Union, WV

loved for years
and now I know your name
blue chicory

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: May 27, 2017

we hold the door
for older people
memories of Mom

They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers
& Others in Haiku (2017)
Edited by Robert Epstein
Middle Island Press
West Union, WV

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing, 2012

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

“seasons repeat” has found many homes, including:
Mayfly, 58, Winter 2015 – Brooks Books Haiku
tinywords – 4 September 2015
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog – Daily Haiku: April 2, 2016
* Also selected for my Poet Profile at The Haiku Registry, The Haiku Foundation. Billie Wilson, editor.

looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends

Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014)
Ellen Grace Olinger
Elin Grace Publishing
Oostburg, Wisconsin

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

WestWard Quarterly
Winter 2016

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time…”

From Ecclesiastes 3:11a (KJV)

Daffodil Drawing is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Art and Friendship

rearranging
art on the walls
cards, and small gifts
from friends
I see them anew 

The card is a watercolor painting by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010). I created the still life arrangement and the photo is by Karl. I take good care of cards from Charles and other friends.

Charles A. Waugaman created this book cover and illustrated Welcoming Hope: Poems For Those In Need, an anthology we published with Time Of Singing (2007, Elin Grace Publishing). Copies may still be ordered from the TOS Books Page. The themes are timeless. Lora Homan Zill and I were Editors and Charles was Art Editor.

The picture at the beginning of the post is courtesy of The Dover Design Sampler, Dover Publications.  It is a sample from Crafter’s Cornucopia.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poems: Fall, Harvest, Season

F alling leaves in
A utumn
L etting through more
L ight

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H ard work
A nd hope
R ealized, and
V ery grateful
E ternally, with
S ongs
T o sing

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They that sow in tears
shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth,
bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again
with rejoicing,

bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126: 5-6 (KJV)

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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)

SEASON and the Bible verse from Ecclesiastes are from our large print book, Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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.

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

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

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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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seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

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country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller than
the gravestones

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Credits:

my blogs – this opportunity to create with WordPress

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

“seasons repeat”

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Mayfly (Brooks Books Haiku)

“seasons repeat” was published first in Mayfly.

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WestWard Quarterly: The Magazine of Family Reading

“reading”

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Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry

“country cemetery”

tinywords

“seasons repeat”

My Poet Profile page at The Haiku Foundation Haiku Registry

“seasons repeat”

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

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Ellen Grace Olinger

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

more roses

Turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

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Published in BELL’S LETTERS POET,
The Coffee House of the Poets (No. 131).

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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.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Two Books

almost Christmas
through the evergreens
clear blue sky

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

From John 1: 14 (KJV)

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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.