Tag: Poems from my archives

Garden journal: haiku and photos

garden journal
through the seasons
every photo a prayer

Today I am looking through my photo archives for April and May.

My poem was the Daily Haiku: Nov. 4, 2019 at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

April 2017 – Hyacinth from a store
May 2015 – Hosta grow again by the birch tree.
May 2016 – Forsythia blooms, peonies and daylilies grow.
May 2017 – near the garage

Ellen Grace Olinger

Short Poems for APRIL

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A  ppreciate
P  oetry
R  ead and write
I  nspire and
L  isten

APRIL

April is National Poetry Month – 25 years!

April in Wisconsin
on opposite sides
of the patio door
the red poinsettia
and red cardinal

2012

years on the roads
pass through my mind
returning home
and in the yard
first tulip leaves

2013

beginning
in the area
where we had
to take a tree down
new peony leaves

2014

colorful tulips
on a cold day
unconditional love

2015

Ellen Grace Olinger

Daffodils soon – April 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

Lake Michigan – Easter 2017

snow melting
from evergreen branches
Easter lily by a sunny window
Poinsettia too
all part of one story

April 2019

grey sky
mourning dove
on a birch tree branch

time with the Psalms
a dove on the branch
pictures a poem

April 2020

wpclipart

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

slowed down

how patiently

we wait
for one another

at the intersections
on the roads

in the store
at the check-out

slowed down

grateful for
this day

From my archives: July 2013
Ellen Grace Olinger

Forest Road courtesy of wpclipart.

these wood walls

these wood walls
shelter and add
so much beauty
to this cold day

and all days

others have lived
here too these
past decades

today I wonder
about the other
stories . . .

when the
trees were young

and grew tall
long before
I was born

and then became
this house and

they still seem
alive to me

from January 2015

Ellen Grace Olinger

two poems and photos

gardens in winter
the serene snowfall
and remembering
where snowdrops
will bloom

a new sunrise
by God’s grace
many second chances
in this long lovely
life of faith

Ellen Grace Olinger, from my archives

Images: wpclipart

Food Poems

CONTRASTS

cold winds in predawn hours
gentle music and a cup of coffee
stir-fried vegetables in olive oil

Autumn so swift this year
time now for a long project or two
let the days grow short, read and rest

clouds hover over small space for sun
wear a bright sweater, look at the gold leaves
store it all for a winter of faith

HOW EASY TODAY

falling leaves
and silent sunrise

how easy today
to let go of old dreams

cook some eggs
wash the dishes
write this poem

The first two poems are from 2012.

carrots, cabbage
spinach, radishes
and faded flower bouquets
food on the snow
for a rabbit

This poem is from January 2016.  When snow covered the garden, a rabbit began eating the bark from the cotoneaster branches that were bowed to the ground. 

gulls lifting
from the sand
corn an inch tall

Published in SMILE (2009, 2010);  Bell’s Letters Poet (2010).

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Work

rearranging
art on the walls
cards, and small gifts
from friends
I see them anew 

(2014)

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

Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014)

writing an essay
all I deleted
to say what I mean

(2015)

treasures stored
here and there –
homemade chapbooks 

(2015)

stack of art books
not needing to read today
just need them there

(2013)


Card by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)
All Rights Reserved

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. 


Psalm 90: 17 (KJV)

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.