Tag: Journal Poems

winter winds

winter winds
by Lake Michigan

grateful for
the most basic things
in life

shelter
warmth
water
light

the ability to walk
downstairs and
work in the kitchen

sit by the window
with a cup of coffee

fragrance of our
Christmas wreath

Ellen Grace Olinger
December 19, 2019

local corn

local corn
and soybean fields
turning gold
wildflowers
in the yard
and along the roads
September

Ellen Grace Olinger

light

old garage
in morning light
view from kitchen window

today

clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

from my archives

Image: wpclipart

a walk by the river

a walk by the river
butterflies and wildflowers
memories of being there
this time last year
after medical appointments
in Sheboygan

I said, “Hello, old friends”
when I saw the trees

Ellen Grace Olinger

Karl took these photos last year. I thought, “It is healing to walk by the river.” Then I realized the river is healing too. Later today, we will review photos from yesterday and share here the next few days.

Kiwanis Park
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

watercolor words

predawn sky
paints a background
for the new roses
in the blue vase

I watch the light
every day

June’s beautiful
days grew longer
as Spring became
Summer

hosta plants grow
and soon the flowers
will bring hummingbirds

then the wonderful
change to August
and many days
until then

and the light changes
all the time and I often
know by how the light falls
the time, month, season

Hummingbird drawings are courtesy of Reusable Art.

Journal Poem
July 14, 2019
Ellen Grace Olinger

more understanding

more understanding
as I reread books
on my shelves
and think of loved ones

older now
have weathered a few storms
by God’s grace
and help from others

more work to do
(need to walk more,
get back to book drafts begun)

and always just beginning
with gratitude, hope, faith,
love, beauty . . .

Journal Poem
July 12, 2019

Image credit: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger