Bridal Wreath

Ellen Grace Olinger – June 2017

My mother loved the bridal wreath bushes in bloom.  She did not drive, and I learned when I was in high school.  She taught at UW-Milwaukee.  Sometimes I drove there after school, and I can picture her waiting for me.  I remember what she saw, and the yard at home.  We planted this bush in our yard.  Some of the bridal wreath bushes in our area are as large as the old lilacs.

We’ve had a lot of rain, and farmers are busy planting their fields.  There are tiny corn plants in some fields.

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Ellen Grace Olinger – June 2017

Primroses

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The morning light in the garden is beautiful.

Ellen Grace Olinger

June 2, 2017

early hours

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early hours
of quiet and poetry
gardens overflow
and if some winter
my mind forgets
my heart will know

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We’ve had a lot of rain.

Yesterday I went to Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  I had not been there for a time.  They had a large selection of used books for sale.  I bought two poetry books, for less than one dollar.  Lilacs were in bloom along the roads.

Then I stopped at Arby’s in Kohler.  A young person held the door for me, and people were so kind.  I am older now.  I enjoyed a salad, and brought a cup of coffee home.

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R  ose clouds at sunrise, and the day
O  pens to songs, silence, and new
S  trength, with hope
E  verlasting

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Our pink peonies will bloom soon.  My parents had red, white, and pink peonies in their yard.

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Quote by Madeleine L’Engle

“The important thing is to recognize that our gift, no matter what the size, is indeed something given us, for which we can take no credit, but which we may humbly serve, and, in serving, learn more wholeness, be offered wondrous newness.”

Madeleine L’Engle
Walking On Water, p. 195 – 196.
Harold Shaw Publishers, 1980.

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seasons repeat

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seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

Ellen Grace Olinger

My haiku was published first in Mayfly 58 (2015).
Randy and Shirley Brooks are the Editors.

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Ellen Grace Olinger
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Lake Michigan – Photo by Karl
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For the Heritage photo challenge

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Photo by Karl