Tag: Quiet Christmas Poetry

Acrostic Poems for SEASON, COLD, and BOOKS

 ilence
E  nlivens
A  nd
S  olitude
O  pens
N  ew thoughts

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose
under the heaven . . .

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 (KJV)

SEASON is one of the poems from Quiet Christmas Poetry.

C old and time to
O  pen books, new and old
L oved and saved – for a
D  ecember day

COLD

B  eautiful way to
O  pen hearts and
O  pen minds to
K  now new stories and
S  ongs

BOOKS

Photo by Karl – 2018

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.

Lake Michigan Poems

cold
Lake Michigan winds
a tiny bird
seeks shelter
by the kitchen window

gold leaves
drift to ground
sunbeam
on the water

Northern sun
shines on frozen beach
still the days grow shorter
shadow of poinsettia
on the wall

barge with lights
travels our great lake . . .
thoughts and prayers
for those with thoughts
of home

“Northern sun” is from Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes: Turning the Page

Poem, Bible verse, and thoughts from a post in September 2014:

turning the page
of an older book
the age in my hands

Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation . . .  Psalm 71: 18 (KJV)

I wrote the haiku awhile ago.  I’ve always been an “old soul” and always felt my gifts with the language arts would take a long time to begin to grow.   When I read verses in the Bible that encouraged me to take the long view, I had no idea blogs would be the answer.

And creative notes today:

I have a few drafts of chapbooks in progress, with my poems from our blogs. And I’ll add photos. Many ways to create, and each book can be different. I am still happy with Quiet Christmas Poetry, from 2014.

As I work through this process, the posts here with dates and any publication credits help a lot. I also save emails and letters from editors and have a few shelves where I keep print journals and books. Grateful to the editors and all readers for their encouragement.

Ellen Grace Olinger

These are two of my favorite photos by Karl from our recent visit to The Sheboygan River at Kiwanis Park. We saw many butterflies.

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 and Bible Verses

shapes of clouds
and sunrise sky
so many memories
sometimes and the
beauty of today

These are a few of the Bible verses that stay with me through the years. When I was young, I taught Sunday School and loved theology. For a long time, my faith has been devotional – strength, endurance, hope, and also more joy. Poetry is part of a life of contemplation and growing gratitude. Key word there is growing – always room to learn. So happy to be one of so many people who are blogging, offering hope and beauty. Trying new ideas, being creative, and making the day a little better for someone else.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 27: 14 (KJV)

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power may be of God
and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4: 7 (KJV)

The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms

from Deuteronomy 33: 27 (KJV)

A few acrostics, which readers seem to especially enjoy.

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

LIBRARY
WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2018

L  ove
 xpressed
T  ranscending
T  ime
E  verlasting
R  emembrance of
S  ouls

LETTERS

S ilence
E nlivens
A nd
S olitude
O pens
N ew thoughts

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose
under the heaven . . .

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 (KJV)

SEASON and the Bible verse from Ecclesiastes are from our large print book, Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Photo of Lake Michigan is from August 2015.

Ellen Grace Olinger