WordPress prompt – how we wish others to remember us

The prompt today is Don’t You Forget About Me.

I have thought about this question, though I would not claim a “legacy.”  Karl knows that if I am called Home first, I want my blogs to stay online.  Blogs are a wonderful way of organizing our work.  If there is some growth over these past years, perhaps that will encourage someone else.  I also have a bookcase from my father, where I keep the print books and journals that have published my poetry.

My parents, Harold and Enola Borgh, gave me their legacy of unconditional love and faith.

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My cousin Paul F. Brandt died at a younger age than I am now.  His land is the Paul Brandt School Forest.

I wrote this poem for Paul and the family.  It was published in Time Of Singing (Fall 2008).

WINTER IN OCTOBER
For Paul F. Brandt

Another death
a sudden death
this autumn of
winter in October.

Condolences pour in
your service strengthens
and your body is laid to rest
in beloved Wisconsin land.

Now the grief begins
and how else could it be?

Surely a few people
will remain with us
in our loving sorrow
like the golden leaves
left on the tree
outside my window
that will turn green again . . .

Ellen Grace Olinger

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CharlesCard 003

The card is a watercolor painting and gift
from Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010).
He lived in Vermont, USA.
All Rights Reserved.

Still Life Arrangement by Ellen.

Photo by Karl.