Tag: Nursing Homes

In Loving Memory: Poems for my Parents

My parents both had January birthdays. Many years since their passings, yet I am aware of their love in a simple way. My mother lived many years beyond my father’s death. She volunteered at a nursing home and taught English at a church to people new to our country. My father was a veteran and they were both teachers.

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
How love grows,
Mother

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

My poems were published in Bell’s Letters.

Images: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Quiet Christmas Poetry

snowflakes
floating in the air
separate
together
artists
across places
and time

sudden cold —
Christmas cactus
already blooming

Time Of Singing
December, 1997

These two poems are from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook. The cover art photo of the Lake Michigan beach is by Karl.

Under “Book Offers” in the Fall 2015 issue of Time Of Singing, Lora Homan Zill, Editor, included a picture of the Christmas book and wrote: “Light and easy to hold, with large print, it is ideal for anyone battling or recovering from serious illness, or who needs a special word of encouragement over the holiday season.” 

If you wish to order a copy of Quiet Christmas Poetry, please visit the books page at Time Of Singing.  All proceeds benefit TOS. 

Our chapbook was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

September on the horizon

September
on the horizon
all the goals
I can still
try to reach

stars in the night
and colors
of garden mums
in the rain . . .
new poems begin

raindrop balances
on a branch
almost Autumn

now the light
falls in a new way
in the house
shadows of leaves
on a page of poetry

golden sun
on gold leaves
unconditional love

You are welcome to reprint my poems with proper credit. Ideas include bulletin boards in classrooms, libraries, hospitals, nursing homes – places where a short poem may be an encouragement to someone or help with a poetry lesson. If someone reads a poem, and thinks, “I can write too,” that is wonderful.

Thank you,
Ellen Grace Olinger

The Aster Flower Drawing is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Quiet Christmas Poetry

This year I wrote a new post for our large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry.  Karl and I created the book from the Christmas site in 2014.  The book was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

We received good feedback.  All proceeds are for the print journal, Time Of Singing, edited by Lora Homan Zill.  Copies are for sale at the TOS books page.

I’ve written posts to share a picture of the cover and other information.  Then the posts that became the book follow, if you wish to visit Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger