Category: Photos

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

Poems and Flowers

I wonder how many poems
the trees have given to me
as I pray the Psalms
and read poems by poets
written over so much time
that passes too soon

clouds with some blue
outside my study window
some days God seems so clear
other days I must dwell more deeply
in my reading of the Psalms

praying the Psalms . . .
other times and places
cross my mind
and I am blessed
by God’s love
and care
once again

Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

Photos are by Karl.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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!

Poem, Photo, and Creative Note

hosta plants grow
around the ash tree stump
an abundance of health
and new green

as if to say
we knew you would not
last the storm
we are here

there is new beauty now
new hope and a new time

I wrote the poem last week, and took the photo yesterday. They were published first in posts at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I call these poems journal poems. They flow from my heart, and I write them directly in posts. Often though, an image or personal reflection is with me for a long time, before I write. When I can write easily, it is because I am living with the images, and blessed by God’s grace in many ways. And as I pray the Psalms and read in general, my own writing grows. Rest is necessary too.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Rereading Bible Verses

rereading Bible verses
I recall from younger years

God knew

He would bring me
here from there

and faith grows

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
Psalm 18: 1 (KJV)

Snowdrops
April 14, 2019
Photo by Karl

“perfect peace”

Thou wilt keep him
in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.


Isaiah 26: 3 (KJV)

Photo by Karl
Along the Sheboygan Interurban Trail
The Town of Holland – Wisconsin
March 30, 2019