Category: Haiku


The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SYMBOL.


Spring: new growth through last year’s leaves

small flowers
close to the ground
many ways to grow

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photos From Our Yard

This is a small collection of photos from our yard this year.  I’ve posted several on Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin in different posts.  As I blog one day at a time, every so often I review and create collections, which may become small print books over time.

These first two robin photos are by Karl.  The others are photos I took, as I am learning about photography. 


100_2685Peonies – my mother had pink, white, and red peonies in the yard.


Wildflower grows and blooms over our old brick path.  This pictures beauty and humility for me.

100_2405Shadow of forsythia is beautiful on the garage.  I saw this one day when I was working in the kitchen.  I think haiku teaches me to pay attention.

100_2616I love the trees and little flowers.

looking at trees
I remember
prayers of friends

100_2675where once I mourned irises

Ellen Grace Olinger
garden journal 2015

lights on the water


Karl and I saw hay bales in fields yesterday, and I remembered this poem from June 2013 on my site, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

lights on the water
perhaps a fisherman
checking conditions

long conversations
with old and new friends
in my mind for days

hay bales in the fields
not realizing before
how it grows . . .


I also recall Woodslawn Farm, the Purington family website from Colrain, MA.  Carol Purington and I have been corresponding for many years.   She also has a poetry page at the family website.

Three Tanka By Carol Purington is a post on this site, from August 2012.

The pictures are by Ida Waugh, and courtesy of Reusable Art.

Haiku About Books


I’ve written many poems about the language arts, and hope to publish them in a chapbook someday.

reading a new book
the fragrance
of fresh paper

stack of art books
not needing to read today
just need them there

books on the shelf
supported by each other
kindness of friends

treasures stored
here and there –
homemade chapbooks

b-07The letters are courtesy of Reusable Art.

Haiku by Ellen Grace Olinger

reading a Psalm

reading a Psalm . . .
I listen to the green
and my heart is at peace

* Listen to the Green
is a favorite book by Luci Shaw.

The leaves of the trees are beautiful in the gentle winds of today.

Ellen Grace Olinger


sounds and sights
of Wind

* * *
I remembered a Bible verse and found John 3: 8 (KJV):  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.