Tag: Poems From Psalms And Nature

Creative Notes and Photos

These are photos from the WordPress.com free photo library. I am beginning to recognize the work of a few artists there, and I learn more every week. Inspiration for the seasons.

This year, I also devoted time to research for the 2020 series at Poems From Psalms And Nature: short selections from The Psalms, with pictures. Now I plan to create a page there with links back to the posts, for new readers and all readers. The pictures for the Psalms series are from different sources.

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Mid-week, the last week in July. We’ve had rain, and the daylilies and hosta are beautiful in a different way.

I love the lessons from the gardens. The weathered look of an old book, sweater, art from a thrift store. Colors in the sky, colors of books on my shelves. Grateful to be growing older.

Before sunrise, I open the kitchen window and hear bird songs. And know this is a moment to receive with grace. Time to listen and watch, before the day’s good work. My father liked the early mornings too.

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning . . .

From Psalm 143: 8

Psalm 143 – Poems From Psalms And Nature


A quiet early morning. I sat still for awhile, checked emails, worked in the kitchen, and read a book. I learn from many authors, poetry and prose. Sometimes new, and sometimes I may reread one poem aloud a few times. And I watch the light through the days, weeks, months, seasons.

This past week, we reached Psalm 150 at Poems From Psalms And Nature.

150 poems
the Psalms

I did not presume any prior knowledge of the Psalms, and also honor that the Psalms are well known by many others. The pictures were from different sources, with credits. Daily work, since March 17, 2020, and only a small beginning in terms of the beauty and depth of the Psalms. Always more to learn. Good to finish my small series, and let it rest now – just be there if someone wants to look at a post.

I decided to pospone the book I was working on until later in 2021. Have peace about this decision. All the content is already on our blogs. This will just be another way to share.

Karl did the work of creating Quiet Christmas Poetry from the site. Our large print chapbook was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This time I hope to learn more technical skills, in terms of preparing a book for the printer. I probably have learned more than I know, with our blogs. One day at a time!


Poem and Photos

a small card
in a devotional book
from a thrift store

words of encouragement
from one person to another

I keep the card with the book
and its history today
and tomorrow

From my site, Poems From Psalms And Nature

Used books sometimes bring personal notes with them, or simply the name of the person who owned the book. I also like how a book that once belonged to a library has that history. Perhaps a book was discarded/sold to make room on the shelves, and had not been borrowed for a time. Now the book continues its journey in another way.

Ellen Grace Olinger

These are photos by Karl, from last summer.

Sheboygan Interurban Trail
July, 2018

as birds quietly sing

losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing

(Sunset . . . Sunrise from Poems From Psalms And Nature, 2010).


Psalm 1: 3 (KJV) :

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.


patterns on my floor
moving with the breeze
sun from the West
branches of leaves

Time Of Singing
Volume 38, Number 1
Spring 2011

Ellen Grace Olinger