Tag: Christian Poetry

Creative Notes: Book Reviews

I enjoyed reading the recent BOOK REVIEWS in Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry (Volume 46, “Intermezzo,” Fall 2019). Lora Homan Zill is editor.

Inspired by the reviews, I ordered a few books.

Two examples are:

Lanterns by Lorraine Joy McLeod. Published by Xlibris, 2018. Reviewed by Elizabeth Howard.

What Cannot Be Fixed by Jill Peláez Baumgaertner. The Poiema Poetry Series. Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock, 2014. Reviewed by Lora Homan Zill.

I also reread books by poets I have read for years and years. Luci Shaw is an example. And every week, I enjoy poems by many poets through our blogs. Poetry goes with me wherever I go, and sometimes is simply stored in my heart. Thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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
through decades
of unconditional love

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

My poem is from May 2019.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Images: wpclipart

Incarnate Word by Charles A. Waugaman

Icon, image,
Portrait,
Scope.

Substance, promise,
Mirror,
Hope.

Christ holds Love,
Peace, for
All.

Earth, universe,
Palace,
Stall.

The painting and poem are by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010), from a Christmas card he sent years ago. The date on his card is November 5, 2002.

His poem was published by Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry. Winter 2006/2007.

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ADVENT acrostic poem

A  doration and
D  evotion
V  ision of
E  ternity
N  ow in
T  ime

This is a poem from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

Our book can be ordered from the books page at Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry.  All proceeds benefit this print poetry journal.

The cover art photo of the winter Lake Michigan beach is by Karl.

Peaceful Gratitude

I am grateful for our blogs with WordPress. It is interesting, through the data provided – and other forms of feedback – to see which poems are read often. And if one poem is read by one person, that is wonderful as well. Sometimes many people may visit, and sometimes one person may visit, and view a few posts. Thank you. With all the data, there is still the wonderful mystery of creativity.

Two poems:

R est
E  ducate
A  dmire
D  ream
I   nspire
N  ew
G  oals

Acrostic poem for READING is one of the most read poems at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin, which we began in December 2009. “Grace” is a recent poem from the same site.

GRACE

gifts of small moments
when I read and write

in the middle of all
that happens every day

in our worlds
large and small

I am more than content
with what I have
and have achieved

goals revised
and rewritten for now

When my spirit
was overwhelmed within me,
then thou knewest my path.

Psalm 142: 3a (KJV)

Photo by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poems To Share

P   romises of
S   erenity
A   
nd
L   ove
M  editations and
S   trength

PSALMS

R estore
E ncourage
S ing
T rust God

REST

P  urpose
R  evealed
A  nd
Y  our
E  fforts
R  enewed

PRAYER

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

HOPE

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

Psalm 18: 1 (KJV)

You are welcome to reprint my poems with proper credit. Ideas include bulletin boards in classrooms, libraries, hospitals, nursing homes – places where a short poem may be an encouragement to someone or help with a poetry lesson. If someone reads a poem, and thinks, “I can write too,” that is wonderful.

Artistic Flowers is by Christopher Dresser and courtesy of Reusable Art. I learn about artists and art history at Reusable Art, which is an excellent and well-organized resource.

Acrostic poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.