Category: Grief

God’s Grace

Today is my mother’s birthday. She was called Home 15 years ago. Hard to comprehend the time. One nice feature of blogging is that it creates a record, a journal. I wrote this poem soon after my mother’s passing. Love endures, and continues to grow.

GOD’S GRACE

You went on
After more losses
Than I can name

With you as
Mother and model
I must do the same

You suffered and
I do not ask you
To bear more pain

You are eternally well
Still saying “I love you”
Again and again

Published in Bell’s Letters Poet 109 and The Discerning Poet (Autumn 2004).

Ellen Grace Olinger

The crocuses are courtesy of wpclipart.

love, memory, and hope

taking turns
letting each other go
only to learn again
how love grows,
Mother

another year has passed
since my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

in loving memory
Enola M. Borgh (1917 – 2004)

But he knoweth the way that I take:
when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.

Job 23: 10 (KJV)

H ave faith as you journey
O n and trust God’s love and
P romises for you
E ven today and then always

“taking turns” was published in Bell’s Letters Poet (No. 115January 2006).

Image: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Ellen Grace Olinger

The Snow Falls

the snow falls
and the sun rises

I see the sun reflected
in a neighbor’s window

the snow falls
on everything

evergreen branches
picnic tables, rocks, grass

planters left untouched
for just this reason

the snow falls
on everything

also the graves
the fields that were
parched

this gentle healing
snowfall

Published first at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin
December 2012

“primrose in snow”
courtesy of wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Four Poems

These are poems that I wrote in 2018. Some of you may have read them first at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin, which we began in December 2009.

We Drove North

we drove North
to see fall colors

along the way
snow fell and
lightly covered

fields of soybeans,
corn, and other crops

and the wind
painted one side
of tall trees
with the snow

October 2018

Evergreen Branches

evergreen branches
fill part of the sky
without the ash tree 

words that are tears
may be harder to write
and this is just fine

sometimes I read a poem
years later and remember
my emotions

do I revise the poem?
improve the craft?

sometimes yes
and the change
may be small

but only if I do not
lose the voice of the
person I was then

who wrote the poem

November 2018

November Mornings

November mornings
and shorter days

a small lamp
transforms a room

I read with my new
and stronger glasses

so grateful for stars
in the sky

and words in my mind
a book, post, prayer

the sun rises
reaches the tops of trees

the weathered trees
I so love

November 2018

Blessings

poetry books
by my chair
a few snowflakes
music and silence

stir-fried vegetables
in olive oil this morning
cooked in my new
cast iron skillet

all the voices and designs
colors of fruits and vegetables

verses from Psalm 23 –
He restoreth my soul . . .
my cup runneth over . . .
goodness and mercy . . .

December 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger