Tag: Gutenberg

Creative Notes and Poems

For some time, I have followed Imagery of Light Photography by Sheila Creighton. I enjoyed her post for May 7, 2019: Forsythia Glow. As you may recall, on May 6, 2019, I wrote:

after a warm day
and worth the wait
forsythia

I have always lived in the Midwest. Another site I follow is SUNEARTHSKY Meditations from the Midwest, by Sharon Knight.

The sunrise today recalls a poem from my archives:

pink clouds
span the horizon
seagulls take flight
stretching to read
new books

Thank you
for all the wonderful posts I view every day.
Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes: Flowers and Time

morning time
many flowers
in my WordPress
Reader

that will bloom
here too
in time

During the years I drove to Milwaukee to help with my mother’s care, I saw many flowers bloom there, and later here. The drive back and forth was interesting and beautiful.

I am grateful I can observe in so many ways . . .

and I am then more sure as I write about what I see. Nice to be able to look back at posts and remember dates, from year to year.

And here, we will see flowers in town and other nearby places, before by Lake Michigan. Spring takes time, and then stays for a time.

From May 2014:

spring in town
dandelions bloom
by the hardware store

Daane Ace Hardware Store
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Ferns – May 19, 2011
Photo by Karl

Peony – July 2, 2018

This photo of Lake Michigan is from May 12, 2016.

Flowers from a store – February 2019
Very grateful for this beauty all year!
And always the light to observe.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Spring Poems and Photos

all the more yellow
because of grey skies
daffodils
forsythia
dandelions

May 2011

by grace we try
to keep a promise
finish a project
monarch butterflies
back in Wisconsin

May 2012

sunrise
in early May
tiny bird sings
on the branch
of budding lilacs

May 2012

sharing our stories
lilies of the valley
grow from one
garden to
another

May 2013

Spring’s steady pace . . .
warmth of daffodils
in Sheboygan

May 2014

sunrise
daffodils bowed by rain
recover

May 2015

New peonies, daylilies, and forysthia by the driveway – May 2016

Forget-me-nots – May 2017

and now
many gifts
to see and offer
with grace
a new Spring
2019

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes: Revision

wearing three layers
in the rain

Spring songs again

birds nest
in letters and words
of the store signs

I wrote this poem in May, 2014. I was at Target in Kohler, Wisconsin. This year, I wrote a shorter version of the poem. I like both versions.

Spring songs
birds nest in letters and words
of store signs

There is a large category of Bird Images at Reusable Art – Breathing New Life Into Old Art. Their category of Flower Images is also significant. Here are some pictures.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

morning

time to sit quietly
watch the sky

then as I read
how beautiful

the reflection
of a lamp
in the window

Ellen Grace Olinger

A Poet’s Window

I look out one window
and there are icebergs
growing larger

how beautiful the light
on the snow and ice

I look out another window
and there are the
evergreen branches
dancing in the wind

January 2015

Today I see a mixed-media painting, perhaps because I have been viewing posts by many artists. I enjoyed the arts and crafts when young, and here and there in my older years. Just beginning, to begin again!

I look up from a Psalm
as I read in an old Bible
held together with tape
and see a painting
in the yard

I’ll write as I might create
a painting some day
from what I know
so far

blue sky background
birch trees
evergreens
the birch tree
by my window
and then the detailed
frost painting
on the window

Ellen Grace Olinger

Lake Michigan Today

Cold today, and Karl took these photos. He explained to me the other day, that because the water is warmer than the air now, steam rises from the lake. So with our high water levels this year, the evaporation helps lower the water levels. We have rip-rap (new word for me – large rocks) that protects our property.