Seek Ye First . . .


The Daily Post prompt for July 11 was Born to Be With You.  This prompt asked for a description of a soul-mate and/or best friend.  I thought of Matthew 6: 33 and seeking God first.

gentle spring winds
in evergreen trees
the friendship we grew

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

river of light
along the evergreens
the friends who stayed

I took the photo at the beginning of the post yesterday, after rain.  Here is the iris as it first bloomed.

Ellen Grace Olinger


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.

For Father’s Day – In Memory

100_2472love for you

became her care

until she joined you there

grief gives way to fields and wind

and now I hear your voice again

Ellen Grace Olinger
Published in Bell’s Letters Poet,
edited by Jim Bell.

I still remember this moment, on my way home from Sheboygan on country roads.  After my mother’s passing, I needed to grieve for my father again.  Now memories of my parents are varied, and span many years.