Tag: Emotions

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

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

“earthen vessels”

But we have this treasure
in earthen vessels,

that the excellency
of the power

may be of God,
and not of us.

2 Corinthians 4: 7 (KJV)

Daisies
August 17, 2019
Photo by Ellen Grace Olinger

Coleus
August 15, 2019
Photo by Karl

Mandevilla
August 15, 2019
Photo by Karl

Poems and Flowers

I wonder how many poems
the trees have given to me
as I pray the Psalms
and read poems by poets
written over so much time
that passes too soon

clouds with some blue
outside my study window
some days God seems so clear
other days I must dwell more deeply
in my reading of the Psalms

praying the Psalms . . .
other times and places
cross my mind
and I am blessed
by God’s love
and care
once again

Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

Photos are by Karl.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem by Charles A. Waugaman

‘GOOD’ AS IN FRIDAY

He fashioned from their cross
a throne.
He made of death a door.
He robed his nakedness
in love,
And needed nothing more.

For though they wrapped his
broken flesh
in linen crisp and white,
He left sin’s costly fabric
soiled
And cloaked himself in light

That shines the centuries
undimmed
to pierce earth’s dark despair,
By spilling scarlet car-
peting
Up Heaven’s radiant stair.

By Charles A. Waugaman
The Word Incarnate
Elin Grace Publishing, 2003
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