Category: Literature

Winter

The holiday swag on the cedar tree continues to be beautiful. Karl took this photo yesterday.

W onderful time of
I nspiration and
N ew books
T o
E njoy
R eading

WINTER acrostic poem

Icy Deck by Lake Michigan
Photo by Karl yesterday

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes: Book Reviews

I enjoyed reading the recent BOOK REVIEWS in Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry (Volume 46, “Intermezzo,” Fall 2019). Lora Homan Zill is editor.

Inspired by the reviews, I ordered a few books.

Two examples are:

Lanterns by Lorraine Joy McLeod. Published by Xlibris, 2018. Reviewed by Elizabeth Howard.

What Cannot Be Fixed by Jill Peláez Baumgaertner. The Poiema Poetry Series. Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock, 2014. Reviewed by Lora Homan Zill.

I also reread books by poets I have read for years and years. Luci Shaw is an example. And every week, I enjoy poems by many poets through our blogs. Poetry goes with me wherever I go, and sometimes is simply stored in my heart. Thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger

"Hear me when I call . . ."

Hear me when I call,
O God of my righteousness:

thou hast enlarged me
when I was in distress;

have mercy upon me, and
hear my prayer.

Psalm 4: 1 (KJV)
I arranged the lines for this post.

Birds on a Branch image is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Ellen Grace Olinger

John One: The Word

And the Word
was made flesh
and dwelt among us . . .

John 1: 14a (KJV)

This week I also read the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke. A great blessing, and to also refresh my memory about the history and all the characters in the story. So often I am reading my Bible, and then am inspired to write a post.

These two paintings are by Monet, and courtesy of wpclipart.

Blessings,
Ellen Grace Olinger

They Can Return

they can return
in new and different ways
some of the things
thought lost

my mother and I were
closer in her old age
though we always loved
language and books

a past illness led to me
simply sitting with her
for hours as that was 
something I could do

conversations
the trust that grows
through decades
of unconditional love

now sometimes
these many years
since her passing
I remember what she said
and the advice still applies

My poem is from May 2019.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Images: wpclipart

Poems

fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry. Fall 2019. Lora Homan Zill is the Editor.

They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku. Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press, 2017.

cooler weather and strong winds
all the leaves falling and we see the shapes of trees
light streams into the house as the sun moves south
red geraniums still bloom
October turns to face November

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin
October 2011

reading
in a sunny corner
of the house
I could be
any age

WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading. Winter 2016. Shirley Anne Leonard is the Editor.

Image is from wpclipart.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.