Category: Caregiving

"Hear me when I call . . ."

Hear me when I call,
O God of my righteousness:

thou hast enlarged me
when I was in distress;

have mercy upon me, and
hear my prayer.

Psalm 4: 1 (KJV)
I arranged the lines for this post.

Birds on a Branch image is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem and Pictures

Old Wood In The House

strong winter winds
old wood in the house
ceilings, floors, walls
startling me in the early hours
speaking to me this day

resilience
strength

the way
Hope holds

Favorite old poem – still true
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin
January 2012

CREATIVE NOTE: December 19, 2019 was our 10th anniversary with WordPress.com. If you wish, see the Achievement post at Poems from Oostburg, Wisconsin. We began this site, Poems From Psalms and Nature, in July 2010. These 10 years hold a lot of life, a lot of hope. I always feel I am just beginning . . . thank you.

I enjoy the research for images at wpclipart.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes

This week I reviewed some of our archives, and created posts for Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. Readers of this site will also be familiar with some of the content.

Time and Place

Time and Place: Grateful for Parks in Town

The first two posts include many of Karl’s photos. I like to think we are adding to the record of our local history. As I reviewed, I saw that I wrote several new haiku this year, and created a post for the poems.

Haiku 2019

And I wrote a post, Christmas 2019, for Quiet Christmas Poetry, so readers know the book is still available, with information about where to order. We created the book from the site in 2014, and I write an update once in a great while. Perhaps the book will be an introduction to blogs for some readers.

Garden Journal
July 5, 2019
Photos by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

Short Poems: Christmas, Winter, New Year

This is a selection of poems from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook. A few of the poems were previously published, as noted here and in the book.

sudden cold —
Christmas cactus
already blooming

Time Of Singing
December, 1997

holiness
and humility
Christmas

cold country night
two deer in the front yard
graze in starlight

lighting the
Christmas candle
tiny flame
transforms
the night

Hermitage (2005)
The Writers’ Bistro (2007)

third year since
Jesus called Mom home
Christmas bouquet
of baby’s breath
and evergreens

Time Of Singing
Winter 2006/2007

snowflakes
floating in the air
separate
together
artists
across places
and time

He giveth snow

like wool:

he scattereth the hoarfrost

like ashes.

Psalm 147: 16 (KJV)

new year
on the horizon
simple lines
of barns and trees
in the fog

placing the new calendar
on the wall
all the new spaces
without words
God’s time

The book is 32 pages. The last two pages are NOTES – pages for the readers. Someone may wish to write a poem or reflection. Perhaps someone in a nursing home may think, “I can write too.”

The book was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Our book can be ordered from the books page at Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry.  All proceeds benefit this print poetry journal, edited by Lora Homan Zill.

Quiet Christmas Poetry

ADVENT acrostic poem

A  doration and
D  evotion
V  ision of
E  ternity
N  ow in
T  ime

This is a poem from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

Our book can be ordered from the books page at Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry.  All proceeds benefit this print poetry journal.

The cover art photo of the winter Lake Michigan beach is by Karl.