Category: Wisconsin

The Snow Falls

the snow falls
and the sun rises

I see the sun reflected
in a neighbor’s window

the snow falls
on everything

evergreen branches
picnic tables, rocks, grass

planters left untouched
for just this reason

the snow falls
on everything

also the graves
the fields that were
parched

this gentle healing
snowfall

Published first at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin
December 2012

“primrose in snow”
courtesy of wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

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.

Cotoneaster Colors and October Acrostic

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October 2017
Ellen Grace Olinger

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October 2010
Photo by Karl

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October 2018
Photo by Karl

ACROSTIC FOR OCTOBER

O verture to a
C ooler season
T o embrace with
O pen hearts and
B rave souls . . .
E njoying the Fall and
R eading books!

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo Challenge: Waiting

Waiting – we have long winters in Wisconsin, and spring is slow to grow, after it arrives.   This is good time, and it is good to rest and wait.  To be outside more now – late summer here – and leave some tasks for the long winter.

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Winter 2017

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Fall 2016 – the blue tarp on Karl’s trailer inspired photos.

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Tulips from a store are wonderful in winter.

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Snowdrops are the first to bloom in our yard in spring.  Karl took this photo.

Ellen Grace Olinger