Tag: Christian Poetry

Haiku and Photos

peaceful morning
a prayer from childhood
still with me

Ellen Grace Olinger

Stuart J. Mentink Memorial Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin
August 21, 2019
Photos by Karl

July and Creative Notes

sunny morning
with no wind
the quiet image
of orange daylilies
in bloom

early morning
hosta flowers grow
above the windowsill

Saturday morning
so happy with the plants
we bought on sale

early Sunday
raindrops in some light
on evergreen branches

one yellow leaf
on the birch tree
late July

Creative Note: My poems were published first at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I am writing short poems to describe moments as they happen. Later I may see a sequence and then reprint in one post.

Peony – July 14, 2019
Photo by Karl

Daylily – July 18, 2019
Photo by Karl

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger, 2019.

Creative Note: I am reading a used book I bought from Amazon: Sightseers into Pilgrims, A Sampler of Contemporary Christian Poets. Edited, and with an Introduction by Luci Shaw. Copyright 1973 by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois. Excellent poems, and I have also read Luci Shaw’s books of poetry and memoirs for many years. I enjoy both new and used books, and also look for discards from libraries when I order. I like seeing where the book was and the library information. A book from a thrift store may include a gift note. How wonderful to consider the journey of a book!

poems and photos

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
addresses

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

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

Pelicans and Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin
Photos by Karl
May 30, 2019

New Poems – May 2019

I published these poems as I wrote them on my blog, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. Today they are here, in one post, in honor of Mother’s Day. When I helped with her care, for many years a long time ago, my mother often asked if I was writing. Then I was not able to write, as often, for many reasons. Now my heart is overflowing.

My study of haiku influences my poetry in general. And my goal is to offer hope. There is a lot of rest around my posts, and the new WordPress editor makes it easy for me to create posts like this small collection today.

Hope you enjoy the poems, and perhaps one or two especially. And when you are unable to create, the work is still growing, as I have learned. Health must be the first priority. Thank you.

grey stillness

evergreen branches
are a painting
and I can see
the shape
of each branch

Easter lily
continues to bloom
and fragrance
blesses the room

May 2, 2019

morning clouds
and here and there
enough light for the lily

May 3, 2019

Spring grows
afternoon shadows
on a green lawn

May 4, 2019

after a warm day
and worth the wait
forsythia

May 6, 2019

evergreen branches
dance in the wind

light on forsythia
by the old garage

daffodils and tulips
bloom in Sheboygan

and some here too
Wisconsin Spring

May 7, 2019

AGE AND PLACE

where one person may see
an empty building
I see the store that
was there before and
where I shopped
for my mother

the road may look grey
with rain today yet
I remember this road
on all kinds of days
over many years
and seasons

bookstores may have closed
yet shelves of books
to look at and perhaps buy
exist in different places
thrift stores and other stores
library discards too

one step at a time
a new life can grow
and sometimes later
we may realize that
we are more at home
than ever before

May 9, 2019

reading poetry
some blue sky among clouds
and forsythia

May 10, 2019

THEY CAN RETURN

they can return
in new and different ways
some of the things
thought lost

my mother and I were
closer in her old age
though we always loved
language and books

a past illness led to me
simply sitting with her
for hours as that was 
something I could do

conversations
the trust that grows
though decades
of unconditional love

now sometimes
these many years
since her passing
I remember what she said
and the advice still applies

May 11, 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger – Spring 2019

sitting in the sun

sitting in the sun
with a cup of decaff
wearing 3 layers for warmth
Aunt Merc’s daffodils
warm as the sun

My great-aunt, Mercedes Schwanke, lived to be almost 100.  She lived on the East Side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I planted daffodils after her funeral, years ago, as a symbol of the Resurrection.

L  ove
E  xpressed
T  ranscending
T  ime . . .
E  verlasting
R  emembrance of
S  ouls

Acrostic poem for LETTERS

Ellen Grace Olinger – April 2012 archive