Bloganuary 2022

The daily prompts from The Team at are excellent. I am writing posts at POEMS FROM OOSTBURG, WISCONSIN.

Yesterday the question was What do you like most about your writing?

I wrote, My writing is from my heart.

Then I searched in my archives for my “heart poems” and created two more posts:

Heart Poems and Heart Poems – 2.

Some of my posts are longer. I also realized that times I have not been able to write – work, family, health – new stories were growing in my life. Gratitude and Hope.

August poems and notes

warm August night
light fading –

Time of Singing (1996)

The light through the days and seasons is interesting and beautiful to watch.

wind sounds
and wildflowers
in Aunt Marie’s pitcher
gifts of late August

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin (2011)

My great-aunt was a pioneer in special education.

a few leaves
drift from the
birch tree
and reach the
last of the lilies

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin (2014)

I watch the birch tree in the yard for small changes this time of year.

Creative Note:

Yesterday, we reached 500 Posts at Poems For Bulletin Boards.

Photo by Ave Calvar Martinez on

Ellen Grace Olinger

Psalm 132 and poem

I will abundantly bless her provision:
I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Psalm 132: 15


to admire
on the counter
and bring home
with great care

a work of art
to nourish
body and soul
the recipe over
80 years old

marbled rye bread
from Oostburg Bakery

March 21, 2015

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

Oostburg Bakery – Wisconsin

Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

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.


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

Generations of Faith

how quickly
another generation
seems I only
looked away
for a moment

how good their work
how beautiful their art

My poem is a part of a longer post at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin, which we began in December 2009. The post there is Peaceful Gratitude.

Karl took this photo at the Oostburg Public Library last summer. “A Little Library Growing Every Day”

This photo by Karl is from the Cedar Grove Public Library last summer.

The poem is by Ellen Grace Olinger.