Category: Haiku

Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry

I am enjoying the new Summer 2017 Time Of Singing.  Lora Homan Zill is Editor, and H. Edgar Hix served as the Contributing Editor for this issue.

Nancy Esther James and I served as Contest Judges.  The Contest for this issue was Haiku, Tanka, and Senryu.  There are also Editor’s Choices.  I enjoyed reading the many good poems that were offered.  You can read more about TOS Contests here.

You may also be interested to read Lora Zill’s Editor’s Arias.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo Challenge: Transient



I took this photo in 2015.  I like how the daylilies are bowed to the ground – beauty, grace, humility.


This was the last daylily in 2015.  The next photo shows how the lilies are growing this year.


I love seeing how the light changes in the garden through the days and seasons.  Praying the Psalms, everyday beauty, being creative in small ways – all last, have held true for decades.  I have also needed to learn flexibility, with health challenges and losses.  I hope to write more about this topic, in a quiet and devotional way.   I think of my photos as haiku photos – they express a moment, and the seasons are classic.

each flower
a star for a time

Ellen Grace Olinger


New photo of wildflowers by the wood railing yesterday, and again the light.

Thank you

seasons repeat

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Photo by Karl

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

Ellen Grace Olinger

My haiku was published first in Mayfly 58 (2015).
Randy and Shirley Brooks are the Editors.

Ellen Grace Olinger
Lake Michigan – Photo by Karl
Ellen Grace Olinger

For the Heritage photo challenge

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Photo by Karl


Photo by Karl
Photo by Karl

Solitude is the theme for The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week.  Last week, readers especially liked Karl’s photo with the driftwood.  This photo is from the same series.  They are some of my favorites as well.

Photo by Karl
Photo by Karl

This photo by Karl became the cover of our large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry (the short poems can also be read at the site).  I am working on a new large print book now, and like the idea of sharing with nursing homes and libraries in our area.

Some of my poems from Quiet Christmas Poetry reflect a general theme of winter and seasons:


wind freeing the snow
from evergreen branches


S  ilence
E  nlivens
A  nd
S  olitude
O  pens
N  ew thoughts


reading one page
at a time
of this book and that
in gentle wind


looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends


Ellen Grace Olinger
Ellen Grace Olinger