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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all these years

all these years
the gift of seeing
how evergreen
branches
frame the stars

During a difficult time with my health, I read:

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness,
and hidden riches of secret places . . .
Isaiah 45: 3 (KJV).

In 2018, I experienced a second major health challenge. Health and chronic illness are my great teachers. I am grateful for my Care Team, and work daily on my recovery, which is going well.

And life has changed, which I accept.

Blogs work so well, and I receive so much from many people.

Thank you.

It is interesting to read some past posts, and remember lessons learned, and apply them again, one day at a time.

The Easter story is real for me. There are losses, and then renewal – not the same for me at this age, or before, but always beauty, hope, and the language arts. I am indeed grateful. There is a lot of rest around my creative work.

I know, for example, that my experience with illness young created deeper empathy, and helped me know how to help my mother in her old age. I had less energy, and sitting with her for hours was something I could do. I am blessed.

So much more creative work . . . in a new way, with help from others.

June 2015 and March 2019
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These are some of the photos I was able to take in 2018 and this year so far, as I began with the camera again.

Lake Michigan
June 2018

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

“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

Poem and Creative Notes

driving home
on different roads
and streets

these trees are taller

I remember places
that only exist in photos
and memories now

and then
the beauty

of today

Ellen Grace Olinger

I searched this site to see if I had published this poem before, and I rediscovered this Guest Post by Carol Purington (April 6, 2017). Her tanka are wonderful. The phrase in common is “driving home.”

You can visit Carol Purington at Woodslawn Farm, and read her new post there for March 2019.

Ellen Grace Olinger