Category: Books

five haiku and a lesson plan

These haiku appear in anthologies published by the Haiku Society of America (2013 – 2017).

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Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow

Published in This World: Haiku Society of America 2013 Members’ Anthology, edited by Carolyn Coit Dancy.

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morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

Published in Take-out Window:  Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham. This haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010; edited by Joyce M. Johnson.

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January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

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light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

Published in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.

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country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

Published in on down the road: Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology, edited by LeRoy Gorman.

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I wrote “country roads” for the EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of Light, The Haiku Foundation.

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And I wrote this lesson plan, which was edited and published by Jim Kacian at The Haiku Foundation:

Haiku Lesson for All Ages: EarthRise Collaboration Themes and Poems.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need

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November
few leaves
left on the lilac
living with
your loss

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This is my poem in the anthology with Time Of Singing (TOS), Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need.

Please visit the books page at TOS for more information.

The cover art for Welcoming Hope is by Charles A. Waugaman.

Lora Homan Zill is editor of Time Of Singing.

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As an additional note today, I wrote this poem the first autumn after my mother’s winter passing (2004).  The lilacs have bloomed many more times since then.

At the time, the key word in this poem for me was loss.

Now I know the key word is living – and I am grateful every day.

Thank you,
Ellen Grace Olinger

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Publication note: “November” was published in Hermitage: A Haiku Journal, Volume II, 2005.  Ion Codrescu, Editor.

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two poems and photos

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I am grateful for many ways to read and create.

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

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books on the shelf
supported by each other
kindness of friends

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Photos of Lake Michigan: November 1, 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger

a small card

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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

Ellen Grace Olinger
October 23, 2017

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Two Books In Print

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We have two books in print.  They can both be ordered at the Time Of Singing books page.  You will note that the price is 5 dollars per copy, and 3 for 12 dollars.  You can combine this special offer with both books.  All proceeds benefit TOS.

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need is a poetry anthology, edited with Lora Homan Zill and Charles A. Waugaman.  Charles created the beautiful cover art, and illustrated the book.  There is a description of the book and a list of the poets at the Time Of Singing books page.

Quiet Christmas Poetry is my large print chapbook, created from my site of the same name.

Thank you!