early hours

early hours
of quiet and poetry
gardens overflow
and if some winter
my mind forgets
my heart will know

The LORD thy God
in the midst of thee
is mighty; he will save,
he will rejoice over thee
with joy; he will rest
in his love, he will joy
over thee with singing.

Zephaniah 3: 17 (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger
August 2015
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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

“For, lo, the winter is past”

For, lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing
of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle
is heard in our land

Song of Solomon 2: 11-12 (KJV)

Photo: Ellen Grace Olinger

Seasons

some trials
were given to me young
yet also
this gift of faith

country graves
silk flowers bloom
by the stones

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

“seasons repeat” was published first in Mayfly, Winter 2015.

Ellen Grace Olinger
February 2015
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Winter to Spring

reading Psalms
on a Sunday morning
winter’s rest

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

This haiku was published in Time Of Singing, their 25th Anniversary Volume, in 1998.

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.  The Haiku Society of America.

Ellen Grace Olinger
January 2015
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near the garage

near the garage
on a cold March day
bird songs

soon the garden
will begin in small ways
snowdrops

These are new haiku, posted recently at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I write practice poems often. This is a longer journal poem:

all the changes
and new blessings

with time

so much I no longer
think about too much

what stays and grows?

unconditional love
the growing light
of this day

my own path with poetry

Image: Reusable Art

The robins will be back soon!

Ellen Grace Olinger