Tag: Poems by Ellen Grace Olinger

Summer: Acrostic and Haiku Poems

S  eason of
U  plifting
M  usings and
M  emories
E  ternally
R  eal


reading poetry
in the garden
summer school

B  eautiful way to
O  pen hearts and
O  pen minds to
K  now new stories and
S  ongs


of summers gone by
voices on the breeze

You may also wish to visit Poems For Bulletin Boards. I enjoy the different WordPress.com themes, and presenting poems in different ways. Readers are welcome to use my poems in their lessons and art, with proper credit (my name and the blog).

Thank you,

Ellen Grace Olinger

Psalm 122, photos and poems

Peace be within thy walls,
and prosperity within thy palaces.

For my brethren and companions’ sakes,
I will now say, Peace be within thee.

Because of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek thy good.

Psalm 122: 7 – 9

Rose Photo by Karl

These are two poems that I posted before. Over time, I am learning the poems for a new book, with Karl’s photos. It is interesting to see which poems work well in different posts, and that I remember easily. Sometimes I rediscover poems in my archives.

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

“Peace be within thy walls.”

Ellen Grace Olinger

Rose Photo by Karl

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

Short Poems: April 2020

These are new poems from posts this month at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

robin in a daylily

after rain
the beautiful earth
and gardens grow

sunrise stillness
branches and clouds

late afternoon
sunlight on the
April calendar
one step one day
at a time

grey sky
mourning dove
on a birch tree branch

time with the Psalms
a dove on the branch
pictures a poem

Ellen Grace Olinger
April 2020