new poems

some water
for the Christmas cactus
new buds grow

red begonia
placed with two
orange pumpkins
near forsythia and fence
still blooms

afternoon drive
roads we know well
autumn in Wisconsin
streetlights in small towns
Sunday evening

green and gold hosta leaves
by the ash tree stump

From posts on different days at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

Photo by Petr Ganaj on

country roads

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

This is a summer poem.  The small cemeteries by the country roads are maintained with care.  I added this poem to my list for my book about Wisconsin Seasons and Encouragement.  “country cemetery” was published in Time Of Singing (2012).


Photo of goldenrod and daylily is from August 2015.


beloved country roads

the images that went
past my mind and
to my soul

now old friends

and around the bend
seagulls rise
from corn stubble
winter fields


Photo from the yard is from January 2017.

Ellen Grace Olinger