Tag: Bell’s Letters Poet

God’s Grace

Today is my mother’s birthday. She was called Home 15 years ago. Hard to comprehend the time. One nice feature of blogging is that it creates a record, a journal. I wrote this poem soon after my mother’s passing. Love endures, and continues to grow.

GOD’S GRACE

You went on
After more losses
Than I can name

With you as
Mother and model
I must do the same

You suffered and
I do not ask you
To bear more pain

You are eternally well
Still saying “I love you”
Again and again

Published in Bell’s Letters Poet 109 and The Discerning Poet (Autumn 2004).

Ellen Grace Olinger

The crocuses are courtesy of wpclipart.

love, memory, and hope

taking turns
letting each other go
only to learn again
how love grows,
Mother

another year has passed
since my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

in loving memory
Enola M. Borgh (1917 – 2004)

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

Job 23: 10 (KJV)

H ave faith as you journey
O n and trust God’s love and
P romises for you
E ven today and then always

“taking turns” was published in Bell’s Letters Poet (No. 115January 2006).

Image: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Willow

The weeping willow
performs its own ballet

Silently lyrical
singing of solace
dancing of peace

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This is a poem that I wrote many years ago.  It was published in Bell’s Letters Poet, edited by Jim Bell; and The Discerning Poet, edited and published by Margaret L. Been.

Margaret Been’s art blog is The Messy Palette.

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Photo by Karl – 2011

Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

Taking Turns

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taking turns
letting each other go
only to learn again
how love grows,
Mother

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another year has passed
since my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

in loving memory
Enola M. Borgh (1917 – 2004)

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Poems and photos are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

“taking turns” was published in Bell’s Letters Poet (No. 115, January 2006).

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Spring Poems

skeins of geese flying
to our neighbor Canada
a brand new chapter…
books arriving in the mail
songs of beauty and courage

(Bell’s Letters Poet, 2011)

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gardens growing
long before we came here
how deep the roots
must be and decades old
planted in God’s earth

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blue sky
with cotton clouds
snowdrops

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Ellen Grace Olinger
(poems written in 2010)

For Father’s Day – In Memory

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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.