Poem and Creative Notes

gift of faith
during my hardest years
lights down the beach
moon and stars at night

Blogs are a good way to organize our work. I subscribe to my blogs by email, so I have an extra copy in my computer files. Good to have copies of our creative work. As I grow older, I am also grateful that WordPress takes good care of my work. I hope to blog for a long time!

This poem is from March 11, 2012, at my first site, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I was reflecting upon past experiences – and of course, not knowing what the new challenges would be. Family, my health, and our common history. We plan the best we can, and take good care.

Praying the Psalms is part of my life, through all the chapters. Many layers of memories. Faith grows. The Psalms are honest prayers, and they lead to trust and praise. I have so much more to learn.

I review my archives – over 10 years now – at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I am also working on a book, as I can. When we began in December 2009, I wanted to reprint my best work and thank the editors who publish my work. So as I work on a new book, I have the credits to acknowledge, with the posts. I save the print journals and books where my work has been published. I cannot save everything I receive, so I also give poetry away. When my mother was in a nursing home, I donated to their library.

And I know the poems for this book, and next step is to decide upon the sequence. Then add photos by Karl. My hope is to publish by December 2020, yet I can revise my goal as needed.

Now when I write new poems, I write directly in a post draft. Often as I read my Bible, and look out the same windows, I am inspired. Everyday life. Psalms and Nature. The sky, and also the earth.

Thank you,
Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

Lake Michigan: Poems and Photos

pink clouds
over Lake Michigan
as I listen to old hymns
my heart gathers peace
for this day

more colors of blue
in Lake Michigan
than I can name
the wonder of always learning
dreaming new dreams

June 2018

Pelicans were here May 2019. These two photos are by Karl.

Ellen Grace Olinger