Tag: Memoirs

Haiku

blue gloves rest
on wheelbarrow of weeds
autumn work

from 2017

country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

Published in on down the road, Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology, edited by LeRoy Gorman.

I wrote this poem for EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of Light, The Haiku Foundation.

 frost soon –

       cutting flowers

              generously 

Published in The TOP, The Tournament of Poetry (October 1995).

The image is courtesy of Dover Publications. It was a sample from Victorian Design.

Ellen Grace Olinger

rain today

rain today
a few red roses
and yellow carnations
in a blue vase
by the window

rain today
books
add colors
to the day

Today I am reading Twigs in my Hair: A Gardening Memoir by Cynthia Reyes. Photographs by Hamlin Grange. Author copyright 2019. Published by Kingsgrange Books Toronto.

Please visit Cynthia Reyes – The blog of Canadian Author Cynthia Reyes – for more information.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem and Garden Journal Photos

The following poem was published first in MIDWEST POETRY REVIEW, in 1994. 

PSALM 20

There are days
when everything seems a metaphor…
I persist with a bottle of salad dressing
that won’t open
Touch the childhood scar on my forehead
now blended with a wrinkle
Am comforted by cards and letters
sent at just the right time
Gaze at the blue heron who stayed
long into the Fall
And marvel at the migrating monarchs
on their way.

I ponder the limits of persistence
for the heron left one day
And feel wounds aging into wisdom
although scars do stay
Recognize “help from the sanctuary”
and read Psalm 20 once again
In wonder at these days when
everything seems a metaphor…

New dreams were growing all along
And would be tested true
I finally flew to embrace them too.

These are Garden Journal photos from a few past years. Some poems and photos are gifts. Perhaps I can call them FOUND ART. I also think of them as HAIKU PHOTOS.

September 2015

October 2015

November 2016 – I loved seeing the natural arrangements of leaves on the blue tarp Karl had on his trailer.

December 2018 – Cedar siding of garage

Poem and photos are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Friends and Seasons

new growth
on evergreens
dinner with old friends

SMILE
Summer 2010

late September
and time with old friends
afternoon sun
shines on leaves
turning gold

2011

The first two poems were written for friends from Northern Illinois University and Northeastern Illinois University – we stay in touch and I am grateful.

looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends

“looking at trees” is from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

thoughts of a friend
who always loved and grew
I wonder . . . Has the sky
ever been this beautiful a blue?

for Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)
Time Of Singing
Spring 2011

years go by
and some things
have not changed
rather have grown
stronger

Lake Michigan
September 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems About Care and Gratitude

autumn leaves
the caregiver finds time
to rest

Daily Haiku: August 14, 2019
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

Snow melting
                in March . . .
                                my mother’s new smile

Time Of Singing (Vol. 30, No. 1; Spring 2003). A long ago memory!

groceries for Mom
fresh flowers
always on the list

more memories
sometimes than
my heart can hold
I select one or two
write a poem

warm memories
and new dreams
yellow bird
on the branch
with a few gold leaves

how quickly
another generation
grows
seems I only
looked away
for a moment
how good their work
how beautiful their art

falling leaves
and silent sunrise
how easy today
to let go of old dreams
cook some eggs
wash the dishes
write this poem

Lake Michigan – August 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems About Reading

reading the poets
of my parents’
generation
their voices
return

SMILE, 2010

From They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku; Edited by Robert Epstein (2017, Middle Island Press).

reading poetry
my coffee gets cold
guess I made it
for the fragrance

Time Of Singing
Volume 43, “Intermezzo”
Fall 2016

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

WestWard Quarterly
Winter 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger