haiku and creative notes

country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

Published in on down the road, Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology; LeRoy Gorman, Editor.


I wrote my poem for EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of LightThe 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


a quiet day

A quiet day, in the middle of a busy time.  I often make arrangements with books, on a shelf or a table.

Recently I bought Embracing The Seasons: Memories of a Country Garden by Gunilla Norris (2015, BlueBridge).  I am just beginning to read.


A few of my favorite photos from our yard:



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Ellen Grace Olinger

Summer Haiku by Carol Purington

The scent of roses
heavy on the fading light
a hummingbird moth


Porch conversation
the fluent geometries
of a spider


In time
with the hammock’s sway
the storyteller’s pauses


A heron tows its legs
toward sunset
and a child skips indoors


Carol Purington
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BOOKS and Garden

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


I took the photo of the forget-me-nots yesterday.  Books are some of my best friends.  I treasure books I have received as gifts, and I enjoy buying used books at libraries and thrift stores.  This week I bought books that had been discarded, though originally donated in memory of someone.  I thought, “These books have found a new home.”  So many stories with blogs and books!

Peonies are growing with daylilies.



Ellen Grace Olinger
Photos are from June 2, 2017.