Tag: Large Print Books

Poems, Photos, Work on the New Large Print Book

garden journal
through the seasons
every photo a prayer

Cotoneaster shadows on the wood path – May 8, 2017

Hosta – August 8, 2018
Photo by Karl

The perennials are beautiful as they grow, flower, and change through the months and seasons.

The last rose of the year – September 17, 2016
Photo by Karl

Begonias in a thrift store vase – August 31, 2017

It is interesting, as we create a second large print book, the same poems seem to go well with a blog post, an email, and/or reflections in general. There is no hurry with this project. I am beginning to memorize the poems for the book. Then I will know the sequence. I like to be able to think about the work as I work in the kitchen, for example, and soon – the yard.

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

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

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

different shapes
of the rose bush
and lilacs in the yard
they grew towards
the light

knowing
they cannot stay
but will return
lilacs

Our first large print chapbook is Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostics for REST, PRAYER, and SEASON

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E ncourage
S ing
rust God

Come unto me, all ye that labour
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11: 28 (KJV)

urpose
evealed
nd
our
fforts
enewed

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.

Christmas Poems

almost Christmas
through the evergreens
clear blue sky

reading one page
at a time
of this book and that
evergreens
in gentle wind

holiness
and humility
Christmas

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

From John 1:14 (KJV)

My poems and the Bible verse are from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

For this post, I played with the new Gutenberg editor. I like the new editor.

Karl took the photo of the winter Lake Michigan beach, which became the cover art for our Christmas book.

GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin printed Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Copies can be ordered from the books page at Time Of Singing. All proceeds benefit this poetry journal.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Encouragement, Gratitude, and Hope

I am just beginning to work on a second large print chapbook.  My goal is to finish some time next year.  Good to have goals, and I can revise my goals as needed.

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Quiet Christmas Poetry is still in print and can be ordered from the Time Of Singing Books Page.  All proceeds benefit this print journal.

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The second large print chapbook has a more general theme.  These seem to be a few of the favorite poems over the years, that I have selected for the new book so far.

Because we create from so many places, and read/view in different ways, I will not worry about a given order of the seasons from my perspective.

Blogging has surely opened my world and teaches me every day.   I am trying for universal themes of encouragement, gratitude, and hope.

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

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losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing

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Monday
and planning
the week
what will grow
what should rest

(WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2016)

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R   est
E   ducate
A   dmire
D   ream
I   nspire
N   ew
G   oals

(My acrostic poem for reading is one of the most read poems on this site.)

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older now
used books settle
in their new home

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how gentle the wind
in predawn rose light
after the harvest moon
I begin October
with small and growing hopes

(Time Of Singing, Fall 2012)

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Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthologies is a page I created for this site, with my poems in the anthologies from 2013 – 2018 (with references).  I also think about a small haiku book.  Many ideas, and some poems may belong in more than one place.  I know I enjoy some repetition, which can be restful and a comfort for the soul.

This kind of work takes time, so I am ready for another Wisconsin winter.  So grateful.

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To be continued in another post.  Thank you and blessings.

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Honeysuckle by Lake Michigan, June 2018.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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