Tag: Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative

Cold Weather

I am grateful for our home, heat, light, and the ability to make a cup of coffee and breakfast. Routine work around the house. All ways of being creative.

As I sit for a time today, I also remember MHVI, the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, which we support. They are celebrating 10 years of service: 2008 – 2018. Veterans in our family are on their Wall of Honor.

So many ways to help our communities, nearby and around the world.

Cold Weather

The Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative was founded in 2008, by veterans, and is run by veterans.

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We are also seeing volunteers for the Salvation Army.  This is a poem from my archives:

Salvation Army
bell ringers
so cheerful in the cold
adding a dollar
to a Red Kettle or two

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It is good to see food pantry collections in grocery stores.  I love my old sweaters and books from thrift stores.  All works together.

Remembrance

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I see Veterans Day is this week, November 11.  Among other groups, we support the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI). We donated to their Wall Of Honor in memory of my father, Harold A. Borgh.

Some of the favorite poems on my blog are for family.  Some of you may remember this poem.

A POEM FOR YOU (1991)

I taped up a picture of you
It must have been your last
Healthy Christmas–long overdue,
But you understand
I know you do.

And I’m up early to have some
Time alone before teaching, too
And I understand even more now
You know I do.

Mom’s doing better now…
She told me how you stood
Between two railroad cars
All the way from Washington D.C.
To Chicago after World War II.

And I’m teaching my heart out
Giving essay tests, too
Pouring out my soul
Like you used to do.

It’s Christmas again, and I
Taped up a picture of you
I’m writing poems and
Taking walks–doing fine
But missing you
Has not ceased with time.

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Published in Midwest Poetry Review (1993); Bell’s Letters (1993); The Spirit of Christmas (1994, Weems Concepts).

Love endures and grows, and I am grateful.

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new poems
in older age
winter wheat

Ellen Grace Olinger

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