country roads

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

This is a summer poem.  The small cemeteries by the country roads are maintained with care.  I added this poem to my list for my book about Wisconsin Seasons and Encouragement.  “country cemetery” was published in Time Of Singing (2012).

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Photo of goldenrod and daylily is from August 2015.

BELOVED COUNTRY ROADS

beloved country roads

the images that went
past my mind and
to my soul

now old friends

and around the bend
seagulls rise
from corn stubble
winter fields

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Photo from the yard is from January 2017.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Reading and Writing

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31-32
Time Of Singing, 1995

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We are beginning work on a second large print chapbook, in the same style as Quiet Christmas Poetry.  Copies of the Christmas book can be ordered from the Time Of Singing books page.

The theme of the new book is Wisconsin Seasons and Encouragement.  My haiku, “birds perch,” seems to belong in the new book.

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Today I am reading Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry (Volume 44, Number 3; Winter 2017/18).  Lora Homan Zill is Editor.  Violet Nesdoly is the Contributing Editor for this issue.

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Lake Michigan – May 2016

Haiku and photo are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Weathered

Weathered Photo Challenge

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Lake Michigan
Photo by Karl – March 26, 2010

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Lake Michigan
Photo by Karl – March 24, 2011

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New primrose plants and old leaves
Photo by Ellen – April 20, 2015

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Primroses
Photo by Ellen – May 10, 2017

Three Haiku

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow

sometimes by sight
in my life of faith
apple trees in bloom

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Poems and photo are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Credits:

“seasons repeat” was published in Mayfly 58 (2015).

“Wisconsin spring” was published in This World: Haiku Society of America 2013 Members’ Anthology, edited by Carolyn Coit Dancy.

“sometimes by sight” was published in Time Of Singing, Volume 41 (2014).

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