Daily Prompt: Sacred

Sacred – Since high school, I have enjoyed early morning time of contemplation before the day begins.  In the mid-1990s, I began praying the Psalms.  Being here often is also sacred time, as I create and share.  As life changes, challenges, teaches, and blesses in new ways, it is a great comfort to have these routines.

cup of coffee
by the water
this day to God

one red tulip
blooms in the hosta border
time alone with God

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

“morning prayer” was published by SMILE, 67, 2010; and also in the book Take-out Window: Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham.

Ellen Grace Olinger

New Feature at The Haiku Foundation

Haiku in the Workplace: Introduction, by Jim Kacian, explains their new feature.  I used their Contact Form yesterday to offer a poem for the theme next week.

Over the years, I have worked, and continue to work, in many ways.  I have earned formal positions in education (teacher, researcher, professor), volunteered as a Sunday School teacher for 12 years, helped with my mother’s care at her home and shared much time with her at a nursing home, etc.  Karl and I helped with a church service in a nursing home for 3 years.

It is good to honor all the ways we work.  Creating our posts is good work.

Sometimes REST has been my necessary work, for health.

When she was very old, my mother blessed her caregivers simply by being who she was.  She taught me well, about service.  She was a distinguished professor and she also folded towels as a volunteer at a nursing home, after my father’s passing and she was retired.

Guidelines and deadlines can be read in Jim’s post at The Haiku Foundation.  I look forward to seeing how this grows and will learn more over time.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Discover Challenge: One, Two, Three!

Ellen Grace Olinger

Ellen Grace Olinger

One, Two, Three!

older now
as I pray the Psalms
how peaceful these trees

country graves
silk flowers bloom
by the stones

reading poetry
in the garden
summer school

Ellen Grace Olinger

Ellen Grace Olinger


Ellen Grace Olinger


The Haiku Foundation Haiku Registry

Celebration Fortnight – Day 4 at The Haiku Foundation features the Haiku Registry.  This is a wonderful resource.  Billie Wilson is the manager and editor.  I appreciate her help with my Poet Profile.

Billie Wilson provides more information in the Celebration Fortnight – Day 4 post.

Ellen Grace Olinger