Category: Christmas

John One: The Word

And the Word
was made flesh
and dwelt among us . . .

John 1: 14a (KJV)

This week I also read the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke. A great blessing, and to also refresh my memory about the history and all the characters in the story. So often I am reading my Bible, and then am inspired to write a post.

These two paintings are by Monet, and courtesy of wpclipart.

Blessings,
Ellen Grace Olinger

In Loving Memory

My mother’s passing was in 2004. Life was not always easy for my parents, and yet when I think of them, I think of unconditional love. Poetry is memoir for me. This is a favorite poem. I no longer drive this route, yet memories are as vivid as yesterday. I took the photo this year.

through the Light
of Christmas
I found my way
home

from a hospital
and nursing home
through city and
small town
Main Streets

their streetlamps
with holiday lights

as my mother
was on her way
Home

the time we shared

and still share

Ellen Grace Olinger

Vintage Art and Blog Archives

Reusable Art is another well-organized site, where I enjoy research for images.

A Merry Christmas Sled is by Ellen Clapsaddle.

Poinsettia

I am slowly reviewing my 2019 blog archives.

I love the Lord,
because he hath heard my voice
and my supplications.

Psalm 116: 1 (KJV)

The Sheboygan River
Kiwanis Park
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
August 29, 2019
Photos by Karl

GRACE

gifts of small moments
when I read and write

in the middle of all
that happens every day

in our worlds
large and small

I am more than content
with what I have
and have achieved

goals revised
and rewritten for now

When my spirit
was overwhelmed within me,
then thou knewest my path.

Psalm 142: 3a (KJV)

routine care
and happy to wait my turn
I watch the world go by
and my heart
fills with love

Blessings,
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

Incarnate Word by Charles A. Waugaman

Icon, image,
Portrait,
Scope.

Substance, promise,
Mirror,
Hope.

Christ holds Love,
Peace, for
All.

Earth, universe,
Palace,
Stall.

The painting and poem are by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010), from a Christmas card he sent years ago. The date on his card is November 5, 2002.

His poem was published by Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry. Winter 2006/2007.

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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