Tag: The Haiku Foundation

Cover Art

I’ve shared pictures with you of the covers for Quiet Christmas Poetry and Welcoming Hope: poems for those in need (anthology with Time Of Singing).

You can see the pictures again and order from the Time Of Singing books page, if you wish.


In 2016, I worked with The Haiku Foundation to create a Gallery of Cover Art.  The covers also tell part of the story of English Language Haiku in a visual way, as they are from many years.  Mini-chapbooks, books, journals, and anthologies are represented, with links to the original sources.  Thank you to Dave Russo for his work to publish the gallery.


Ellen Grace Olinger

five haiku and a lesson plan

These haiku appear in anthologies published by the Haiku Society of America (2013 – 2017).


Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow

Published in This World: Haiku Society of America 2013 Members’ Anthology, edited by Carolyn Coit Dancy.


morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

Published in Take-out Window:  Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham. This haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010; edited by Joyce M. Johnson.


January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.


light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

Published in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.


country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

Published in on down the road: Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology, edited by LeRoy Gorman.


I wrote “country roads” for the EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of Light, The Haiku Foundation.


And I wrote this lesson plan, which was edited and published by Jim Kacian at The Haiku Foundation:

Haiku Lesson for All Ages: EarthRise Collaboration Themes and Poems.


Ellen Grace Olinger

My Poet Profile at the Haiku Registry, and two haiku

Billie Wilson is the editor and manager for the Haiku Registry at The Haiku Foundation.  I am grateful for her help with my Poet Profile page.  The current selection of my haiku includes both an early poem, and a more recent poem, from Time Of Singing (TOS), a journal I have often mentioned here.  Lora Homan Zill is the editor for TOS.  Charles A. Waugaman was editor when I began with the journal some time ago.

old photos
on my desk –
bleeding hearts in bloom

(TOS, 1994)

Holy week
lily flowers
wait to bloom

(TOS, 2014)


The Haiku Foundation celebrates and reviews their work at this time of year.  More information about the Haiku Registry can be found in this post at the foundation:  Celebration Fortnight: Day 4.


It is wonderful to be able to share our best work in different ways.  Thanks to all who make this possible.

Ellen Grace Olinger

poetry notes



reading the Psalms path to the water

Carmen Sterba included this one-line haiku in the March 2013 Per Diem collection she edited for The Haiku Foundation:

Judeo-Christian Traditions.


Gene Myers wrote a new column for the Haiku Society of America, which includes two of my haiku:

Celebrating Holy Week with Christian haiku.

These two haiku were published in Time Of Singing (2014), and I reprinted them in Holy Week, a post on this site.


I took the photo of our new hyacinth plant yesterday.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Haiku and Tanka by Carol Purington

These poems by Carol Purington first appeared on this site on March 22, 2011.  Please visit Woodslawn Farm for more information about her work.

Earth’s roll:
tractor and plow turn over
a new spring


Bounded by strand
above strand of song
– the robin’s acre


Sudden shower –
leaving open the window
nearest the lilacs


Tell me how
the sky’s color is changed
by a cello note
and I will sing you
a sunrise

the shine of a firefly
in my room
the shape of a hermit’s hut
beside a mountain path


Haiku are from FAMILY FARM Haiku for a Place of Moons,
by Carol Purington.  Winfred Press (1999, 2015).

Haiku and tanka are copyrighted by Carol Purington.

The cover of Family Farm is featured in the first Gallery of Cover Art at The Haiku Foundation, which I helped begin.


Easter Dinner


The background is red
Her hair has become silver
And her dress is rust.
Her smile these days is pure gold
And her eyes sparkle anew.

* * *

This poem was published first in Time Of Singing, years ago.  It was written for my mother, after my father’s passing.  I included this poem in my first chapbook, And So My Soul, which was illustrated by Charles A. Waugaman (2001, Elin Grace Publishing).

Yesterday, I was happy to see that And So My Soul is included in the Haiku Bibliography, edited by Charles Trumbull, at The Haiku Foundation.  My book includes a few haiku.

Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014, Elin Grace Publishing) is my second chapbook.

It is good sometimes to reflect upon the mystery of time and how projects vary in their individual journeys.

My parents, Harold and Enola Borgh, were both teachers, and they volunteered as teachers after they retired.  They would be happy to know of my volunteer work in education at The Haiku Foundation.


Ellen Grace Olinger