Tag: Luci Shaw

some days

some days
I read a poem
and seem to
understand

other times
I reread and
then I may
understand

and years later
see something new

This week, I am rereading Eye of the Beholder: Poems, by Luci Shaw (2018, Paraclete Press).

The language arts are an ever-growing source of inspiration. Sometimes it is good to simply “hear” a favorite author’s voice. A book may have been with you during a difficult time, and now you understand in another way. Luci Shaw is a generous writer. I gave a few of her books to one of the four places where I received care in 2018 and 2019. Now my care is at two places. And home, with Karl. The goal is to maintain progress.

We have to be patient during this time of COVID-19. Karl follows the science regarding progress for a vaccine. We are following directions!

Please see Luci Shaw The Official Website, if you would like more information. I look forward to her new book later this year.

Dogwood blossom – wpclipart

April to May

Snowdrops are beginning to fade. They lasted a long time this year. Small flowers, strong and resilient.

Green perennial plants are growing. The green is so beautiful, and we can wait for the flowers: daffodils, primroses, daylilies, hosta. Each their own schedule.

Listen To The Green by Luci Shaw is a book by my computer. My copy is the third printing; October 1978 (Harold Shaw Publishers; Wheaton, Illinois). Copyright 1971 by Luci Shaw. I still remember being so inspired by the thought of listening to a color.

Lake Michigan waves were powerful last night. Lake levels are at record highs. Karl said not to be surprised if the wood deck is washed away. It is still there today. Not afraid – our home is secure – higher up from the water and reinforced with rocks by a previous owner. We’ll add more protection too, along with neighbors. Such an unusual time, though, in many ways.

Today the water is a brown color, because the sand was stirred up by the waves. Reflections of clouds too.

So good to work in the kitchen, wash my hands often, and take care every day.

I posted two verses from Psalm 67 at Poems From Psalms And Nature. This phrase to share again here: “thy saving health among all nations.”

Tomorrow is May.

Grateful for snowdrops and the healing beauty of the gardens.

Creativity Over Time – 2

Perhaps a new series – my post last week was Creativity Over Time.

reading poetry
many different forms
seasons turn again
always familiar
always new

I often read several books at the same time, as I’m sure is true of many of you.  In the morning, I am better able to learn new things.  Later in the day, I love to reread and rest with familiar authors.

from a 2012 post

reading a new book
of poems by Luci Shaw
with a cup of decaff
on my little table
I find myself
saying grace again

SCAPE Poems
by Luci Shaw (2013)
The Poiema Poetry Series
Cascade Books; Eugene, Oregon
Foreword By Eugene H. Peterson

from a 2014 post

D. S. Martin is the Series Editor for The Poiema Poetry Series.

timeless summer day
I don’t know how old
these plants are . . .

ried-and-true
I  nspiration and
M  emories to cherish
E  ternally

TIME

2014

Perennials certainly picture creativity over time. I am ready for autumn. This was the year of tree work and planters of flowers on sale. And all the faithful perennials. The rose bush is still growing – perhaps there will be another rose this year. These are two more of Karl’s photos from the nearby trail on Sunday.

Ellen Grace Olinger

morning colors

water and sky
are the same
soft grey

green tree branches
and the wood
of my desk

and a piece of furniture
from my Swedish grandmother

Today I am reading Harvesting Fog poems by Luci Shaw – Pinyon Publishing 2010; Montrose, Colorado. Author Copyright.

I had not looked at Pinyon Publishing for a time. “Quality Writing Celebrating the Arts & Sciences.” So I will learn more today.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Books by Luci Shaw

I am thinking more about the years and decades that I’ve been reading books by Luci Shaw.

The Biographical Information at her site may be of interest. She was born in London, England in 1928.

Two examples of her poetry books on my shelves are:

LISTEN TO THE GREEN – Copyright 1971 Luci Shaw. Harold Shaw Publishers; Wheaton, Illinois.

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: poems – Copyright 2018 Luci Shaw. Paraclete Press; Brewster, Massachusetts.

She writes about her life and growing older in a generous way.

You can also view her Photo Gallery.

Ellen Grace Olinger

early morning

early morning
and reading
many writers
each time I look
the sky has changed

July 2014

This summer I am rereading books by Luci Shaw, along with a few poetry journals. Here and there I look at memoirs from thrift stores.

Always the Psalms – a place of stability and hope for me. So much room for growth. Sometimes good to read something new, and sometimes good to reread.

July 2015

Ellen Grace Olinger

Books

I read several books at a time. Perhaps a prayer here, a poem there. The authors I mention in this post I’ve read for some time. So sometimes, a short selection recalls a lot of content.

Here are a few examples.

be the gift let your brokenness be turned into abundance – by Ann Voskamp (2017, Zondervan).

Sea Glass: New & Selected Poems – by Luci Shaw (2016, WordFarm).

The Book of Kells – by Barbara Crooker (2019, Cascade Books).

Bathed In Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series – by Jan Karon (2018, Putnam).

Jan Karon’s novels kept me company during times of illness, grief, and recovery. Lots of joy and heart. Her new book also recalls previous work.

Always poetry – and when I cannot read, my heart is full from when I could read! When I spent a lot of time with my mother in a nursing home, someone might be sitting by a window. I know from my times, sitting by a window – every day – the heart may be overflowing with blessings, though no one else can see. The soul greater than the mind, I believe. Always hope too.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo by Karl – July 2018 garden journal