Category: Haiku

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

New Poems

From recent posts at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin, which we began in December 2009. The Delicate Vignettes are courtesy of Reusable Art.

raindrops
on hosta plants

so beautiful
with and without
flowers

their leaves
in the sun

quiet grey morning
all the books
I hope to read

quiet grey morning
a page or two
and the restful view

rain and wind
flower petals
on the wood porch

local corn
and soybean fields
turning gold
wildflowers
in the yard
and along the roads
September

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Haiku and Photos

peaceful morning
a prayer from childhood
still with me

Ellen Grace Olinger

Stuart J. Mentink Memorial Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin
August 21, 2019
Photos by Karl

July and Creative Notes

sunny morning
with no wind
the quiet image
of orange daylilies
in bloom

early morning
hosta flowers grow
above the windowsill

Saturday morning
so happy with the plants
we bought on sale

early Sunday
raindrops in some light
on evergreen branches

one yellow leaf
on the birch tree
late July

Creative Note: My poems were published first at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I am writing short poems to describe moments as they happen. Later I may see a sequence and then reprint in one post.

Peony – July 14, 2019
Photo by Karl

Daylily – July 18, 2019
Photo by Karl

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger, 2019.

Creative Note: I am reading a used book I bought from Amazon: Sightseers into Pilgrims, A Sampler of Contemporary Christian Poets. Edited, and with an Introduction by Luci Shaw. Copyright 1973 by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois. Excellent poems, and I have also read Luci Shaw’s books of poetry and memoirs for many years. I enjoy both new and used books, and also look for discards from libraries when I order. I like seeing where the book was and the library information. A book from a thrift store may include a gift note. How wonderful to consider the journey of a book!

Poems and Photos

Poems old and new, and recent photos by Karl:

after the storm
bird on a branch
of the broken tree

rain and
near my window
first daylilies bloom

driving across
a new bridge
on an old road

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: Nov. 8, 2018

M  arvel at and
U  nderstand the
S  easons a little more
E  ach year

MUSE

The ash tree stump is a beautiful place now for a begonia. Hosta plants surround the stump. A wonderful image of healing and renewal.

Hosta will flower soon.

Photos are by Karl and poems are by Ellen.