Discover Challenge: Superpower


Superpower – I read many poets, and keep reading new writers, along with rereading books and journals.

I am reading the new issue of Time Of Singing, and also set aside past Winter and Spring issues for some quiet hours.  This challenge also asks us to identify our gifts.  Throughout my life, I have often been told I have the gift of encouragement.

I began work on a new large print chapbook, to follow our site and book, Quiet Christmas Poetry.  This is another way to encourage.

Perhaps for my new book:

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing
Summer 2012

older now
used books settle
in their new home

where once
I mourned

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

Ellen Grace Olinger

Retrospective – Two

Lake Michigan - May 2016
Lake Michigan – May 2016

I registered with in December 2009, when we began Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

As I review my sites, I remember different life chapters.  For example, I may see some months when I was not able to create new work.  Then, perhaps after some lessons learned, or a time of grief has healed somewhat, there are new poems.  Photography began for me in 2015.  I also see that the various challenges inspired new posts.

In this post, my goal is to highlight a few of my haiku that were reprinted by editors in 2016.  I am grateful when my best work can be shared again.


Gene Myers reprinted two of my haiku in his .haiku column number 34, 3-21-2016, at the Haiku Society of America site.  The title of his column is “Celebrating Holy Week with Christian Haiku.”  These haiku were previously published in Time Of Singing (Spring 2014).

Holy Week
lily flowers
wait to bloom

sometimes by sight
in my life of faith
apple trees in bloom


Charlotte Digregorio reprinted two of my haiku in 2016.  I follow the Daily Haiku posts at her site.


seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

Mayfly, 58

Daily Haiku: April 2, 2016


Friday afternoon
butterfly rests
on the wind

tinywords,12.1, 2012

Daily Haiku: Aug. 20, 2016


Lora Homan Zill reprinted this poem from my blogs:

my large print Bible
rests on the Thanksgiving tray
the bread of life

Time Of Singing, Fall 2016


Thank you


Ellen Grace Olinger


Discover Challenge: Retrospective

quiet gardens
and frozen beach
may I use this time well

late winter
today’s sky the color
of forget-me-nots

reading through archives
so much of my life
recorded here

heart peace
and mind at rest
clear night sky

Lake Michigan – April 2016

blessings grow
from winter’s grief

some colors gone
from the July garden
goldenrod soon

end of summer
goldenrod bows
to the ground
lovely as ever

older now
as I pray the Psalms
peaceful trees

Ellen Grace Olinger

And light in the garden is always a favorite theme.

Ellen Grace Olinger


Ellen Grace Olinger

Discover Challenge: Tough Questions

Ellen Grace Olinger

Tough Questions:  Some questions have answers, some require more study, and some remain mysteries. Lifelong journey.

These prompts and challenges from The Daily Post reflect good teaching and inspiration.  I like the combination of structure and creativity.


1 Corinthians 13 We Know In Part
is a December 2010 post from my site,
Poems From Psalms And Nature.


praying the Psalms
old rose bush leans
against evergreens


seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

Published first in Mayfly, 58, Winter 2015;
edited by Randy and Shirley Brooks.


answers to prayers
I did not know to pray
verses of Psalms

Ellen Grace Olinger