Category: Poetry

poems and photo

my large print Bible
rests on the Thanksgiving tray
the bread of life

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late November
sun fills a glass
for a time

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John 6: 35 (KJV):  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:  he that cometh to me shall never hunger: and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

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Credits for poems by Ellen Grace Olinger:

“my large print Bible” was published in Time Of Singing (TOS), Fall 2016; and “late November” was published in TOS, Fall 2013.

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Photo by Karl

five haiku and a lesson plan

These haiku appear in anthologies published by the Haiku Society of America (2013 – 2017).

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Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow

Published in This World: Haiku Society of America 2013 Members’ Anthology, edited by Carolyn Coit Dancy.

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morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

Published in Take-out Window:  Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham. This haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010; edited by Joyce M. Johnson.

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January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

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light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

Published in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.

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country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

Published in on down the road: Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology, edited by LeRoy Gorman.

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I wrote “country roads” for the EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of Light, The Haiku Foundation.

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And I wrote this lesson plan, which was edited and published by Jim Kacian at The Haiku Foundation:

Haiku Lesson for All Ages: EarthRise Collaboration Themes and Poems.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need

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November
few leaves
left on the lilac
living with
your loss

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This is my poem in the anthology with Time Of Singing (TOS), Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need.

Please visit the books page at TOS for more information.

The cover art for Welcoming Hope is by Charles A. Waugaman.

Lora Homan Zill is editor of Time Of Singing.

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As an additional note today, I wrote this poem the first autumn after my mother’s winter passing (2004).  The lilacs have bloomed many more times since then.

At the time, the key word in this poem for me was loss.

Now I know the key word is living – and I am grateful every day.

Thank you,
Ellen Grace Olinger

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Publication note: “November” was published in Hermitage: A Haiku Journal, Volume II, 2005.  Ion Codrescu, Editor.

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two poems and photos

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I am grateful for many ways to read and create.

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

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books on the shelf
supported by each other
kindness of friends

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Photos of Lake Michigan: November 1, 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger

November Creative Notes

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This beautiful grey first day in November, I turned my calendar by Wendy Brightbill to the new month.  I follow her blog, a girl and her brush.  Her art adds color and hope to my days.

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As I prayed a few Psalms today, and read a few poems by Luci Shaw, I thought about the artists and friends who grace my life, over the years.

These poems by Luci Shaw can be read at her site:

Signs

The Returns of Love After George Herbert

Obedience

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Images: wpclipart

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Willow

The weeping willow
performs its own ballet

Silently lyrical
singing of solace
dancing of peace

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This is a poem that I wrote many years ago.  It was published in Bell’s Letters Poet, edited by Jim Bell; and The Discerning Poet, edited and published by Margaret L. Been.

Margaret Been’s art blog is The Messy Palette.

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Photo by Karl – 2011

Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger