years go by

He giveth snow like wool:
he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.

Psalm 147: 16 (KJV)

This is a beautiful Bible verse!

years go by
leaves fall
time of rest
then rebirth
God’s time
not mine

grower to a store
in a small town
and our garden
this year’s
chrysanthemum

older now
as I pray the Psalms
how peaceful these trees

Ellen Grace Olinger
November 2016 and April 2019
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Haiku Photos – 2

Forsythia petals on old leaves, and the light – May 2015

This is one of my first haiku photos – seeing new beauty in the yard.

Wildflowers by the driveway – May 2015

Lake Michigan – June 2015

I enjoy creating new arrangements as flower bouquets fade.

Many of my photos and posts were inspired by The Daily Post prompts and challenges. You can view The Daily Post Photo Challenges Archive.

The Daily Post editors are excellent: “All the tools you need to jump-start a new blog, or to revive an existing one.”

Easter lily – April 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger

Haiku Photos

As I read and view my archives for my 1,000 Posts Review, I remember favorite photos. When I began taking some photos again, I realized that poetry helps me see the photos. I would look around the yard, or create a bouquet, and see the photos already there – waiting for someone with a camera. I call them Haiku Photos.

And the images can be expressed in many ways, many art forms. A simple note of encouragement is art too, for example.

New hosta growing by the birch tree – May 2015

Shadows of forsythia on the cedar wood garage – June 2015

Roses from the yard – July 2015

where once
I mourned
irises

Photo is from the yard in July 2015.

I love how the daylilies grow, bloom, and accept change – to begin again the next year. This photo is from August 2015.

The seasons change, and I love observing nature. This photo is from October 1, 2015. The light through the days and years is a constant source of inspiration.

Flowers from a store – Winter 2019

Cedar garage – December 2018

Haiku Photos and Poem
are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

gratitude

someone helps me
at the library
and I say thank you
then help someone else
at the grocery store

ancient lilacs
cover the graves
Memorial Day

Published in SMILE, edited by Joyce M. Johnson; and Humoresque, edited by Jean Calkins.

trees with full leaves
providing shade
comfort of faith

Time Of Singing
Volume 39 Number 2
Summer 2012

they ask to be
in this poem
daffodils

May 2015 – June 2015
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Ellen Grace Olinger

The photos are from 2018.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4: 7

knowing

knowing
they cannot stay
but will return
lilacs

Ellen Grace Olinger
June 2014
1,000 Posts Review

February poems

February light
on the evergreens
easy to imagine
their new growth
in spring

roots in His Word
I will flower
again and again

Ellen Grace Olinger
February 2014
1,000 Posts Review

turning the vase

turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

This is one of my grief poems, and it was published in Bell’s Letters Poet awhile ago.

February 2019: Some poems are simply gifts. Here are a few more of my poems that seem to belong with this poem. Here and there, I am working on a new large print chapbook. Our first large print book is Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014).

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

roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

Ellen Grace Olinger
December 2013 and February 2019
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