Category: Wisconsin Veterans

Poems from the September Archives

home from mailing
poetry notes
monarch butterfly
greets me
at the back door

2010

mid-day sun
in the south window
geese in flight

2011

still life painting
outside my window
autumn quiet

2012

morning rain
rereading familiar
poems of faith

2013

above
the old garage
autumn treetops

2014

Bible on my shelf
a ribbon holds my place
in the Psalms

2017

rain and wind
flower petals
on the wood porch

2019

new picture
on my study wall
calendar for September

2020

Poems by Ellen Grace Olinger

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Mercy and Gratitude

We have enjoyed thrift stores in our area, over the years.

One example is Goodwill. Yesterday I learned that the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI) and Goodwill are “strong partners.”

I have written poems about paintings and other art from thrift stores. Some of my favorite clothes are from the stores. I plan to look at my archives and rediscover a few poems, and post here with links to the store sites.

One of my goals this year is to go through my books and poetry journals, and then prepare a few boxes of gifts to donate. I also buy used books from other places at Amazon, and discover books discarded by libraries, for example. Only so much room to store, and good to share with new readers.

I love the old books. There may be an old library card, or a handwritten dedication. So many stories.

My previous post, MERCY, can be the first post in this series.

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Blog Collage Five: Art and History

Claude Monet Waterlilies – 1916

Psalm 7 post – March 22, 2020

Painting by Monet is courtesy of Dover Publications – from 120 Great Flower Paintings.

Psalm 20 post – March 29, 2020

Memorial Park
“Dedicated to World War Veterans
1930”

Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
June 2018 – Photo by Karl

Earth Day – April 22 post – April 15, 2020

take care each day
now and for the future
Earth Day

The Vintage Tree Print by John Bewick is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Haiku by Ellen Grace Olinger

Psalm 119 post – June 20, 2020

Veterans Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin
June 19, 2020 – Photo by Karl

Stuart J. Mentink Memorial Park post – June 26, 2020

Stuart J. Mentink Memorial Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin
June 25, 2020 – Photo by Karl

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loved for years post – July 4, 2020

loved for years
and now I know your name
blue chicory

Haiku by Ellen Grace Olinger

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: May 27, 2017

Psalm 147 post – July 21, 2020

Corner Frame from Reusable Art

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

Psalm 147: 3 and 4

2020 Blog Collage Posts

The Psalms 2020 Series: Blog Collage One

The Psalms 2020 Series: Blog Collage Two

Blog Collage Three: Garden Photos

Blog Collage Four: Iris Inspiration

Thank you and take good care.

Winter In October

WINTER IN OCTOBER
For Paul F. Brandt

Another death
a sudden death
this autumn of
winter in October.

Condolences pour in
your service strengthens
and your body is laid to rest
in beloved Wisconsin land.

Now the grief begins
and how else could it be?

Surely a few people
will remain with us
in our loving sorrow
like the golden leaves
left on the tree
outside my window
that will turn green again . . .

Ellen Grace Olinger

Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry
Volume 35  “Intermezzo”
Fall 2008

You may also wish to visit the site for the Paul Brandt School Forest.

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The pine trees are courtesy of wpclipart.

haiku and photos

birds perch
in sheltering branches —
a grain of mustard seed

(Matthew 13: 31-32)

Ellen Grace Olinger
Time Of Singing
December 1995

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Karl took these pictures at a park in Oostburg, Wisconsin yesterday:

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The previous photo is of plants and flowers beneath a plaque that lists the names of World War II Veterans from Oostburg, Wisconsin.  This is a different view:

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