Category: Faith

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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Willow

The weeping willow
performs its own ballet

Silently lyrical
singing of solace
dancing of peace

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This is a poem that I wrote many years ago.  It was published in Bell’s Letters Poet, edited by Jim Bell; and The Discerning Poet, edited and published by Margaret L. Been.

Margaret Been’s art blog is The Messy Palette.

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Photo by Karl – 2011

Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

poem and photos

Yesterday, I rediscovered this poem.

rain today
how soon we reach
the end of what we know
and how deep
faith continues to grow

October 14, 2014

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Goldenrod in a vase – August 2017

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The flowers in this photo were from our begonia planter this year.

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Hosta – November 2016

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We enjoyed watching paperwhites bloom in the house last year.

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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