my large print Bible

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

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.

Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry
Volume 43 “Intermezzo”
Fall 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

looking at trees

looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends

Publication Credits:

The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology (Including Senryu, Tanka, and Haiga). Edited by Robert Epstein (2020, Middle Island Press).

My haiku was first published at this site on May 16, 2012.

Karl and I reprinted the poem in Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014), which is both a site and large print chapbook.

Our book can be ordered from Time of Singing poetry journal, edited by Lora Homan Zill (Wind & Water Press).

Ellen Grace Olinger

August poems and notes

warm August night
light fading –

Time of Singing (1996)

The light through the days and seasons is interesting and beautiful to watch.

wind sounds
and wildflowers
in Aunt Marie’s pitcher
gifts of late August

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin (2011)

My great-aunt was a pioneer in special education.

a few leaves
drift from the
birch tree
and reach the
last of the lilies

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin (2014)

I watch the birch tree in the yard for small changes this time of year.

Creative Note:

Yesterday, we reached 500 Posts at Poems For Bulletin Boards.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Rain Today

rain today
how soon we reach
the end of what we know
and how deep
faith continues to grow

October 14, 2014

looking up
from a page of Psalms
butterfly shelters
under the eaves
in light rain

July 20, 2012

Poems From Psalms And Nature

reading poems aloud
raindrops on the windows
reminds me how
Helen Keller
learned “water”

Time Of Singing A Journal Of Christian Poetry
Volume 38, Number 2
Summer 2011

Poems by Ellen Grace Olinger

names and addresses

Photo by Karl

names and addresses
for dear friends
no longer on earth
old address book

not yet written
in the overflowing book
cards and envelopes
with last known

still wanting to remember
what may no longer
be current – places I was
people I knew

Ellen Grace Olinger
Time Of Singing A Journal Of Christian Poetry
Volume 45  Number 1
Spring 2018

Photo by Karl

Creative Work and Memory

Memory, Beauty, Hope was my post for Mother’s Day this year at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

One of my poems in the post:

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

The following Bible verse today is in memory and honor of my mother. Her passing was in 2004, and love grows. She often quoted from literature, including the Bible. Her mother died a year before I was born – the same day as my birthday. Literature and faith sustained my mother. Creativity is part of health for me.

But he knoweth the way that I take:
when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.

Job 23: 10 (KJV)

Mother’s Day
sorrow turns to stars
and butterflies

“country cemetery” was published in Time Of Singing, 2012.

Creative at home and grateful every day.

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