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


Folder of Letters by Carol Purington and Ellen Grace Olinger


A Rengay by Carol Purington and Ellen Grace Olinger

note of thanks
twenty-five years overdue –
sweet violets in bloom

~ Carol

treasure from Mom –
Dad’s Swedish family tree

~ Ellen

indelible ink
her small poem crosses
his palm

~ Carol

folder of letters
epistle written in
our hearts *

~ Ellen

an elegant monogram
on tag-sale napkins

~ Carol

colors of summer
a penpal’s painting
graces my life

~ Ellen

* Note: “epistle written in our hearts” is from 2 Corinthians 3: 2a (KJV).

Folder of Letters was published in THE NOR’EASTER (Haiku Northeast). The Haiku Society of America, Inc. 2012

Carol was our editor for this poem.

FOLDER Of LETTERS is from Guest Post With Carol Purington.  The post includes additional haiku by Carol, that she selected for the post.

Ellen Grace Olinger

THF: EarthRise 2017

The Haiku Foundation’s post for EarthRise Rolling Collaborative Haiku 2017 was published today.  “Be a contributor to the longest poem on the planet!”

Reconciliation is the topic this year.

Please visit The Haiku Foundation for more information.


I posted this haiku for EarthRise 2017:

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.


Ellen Grace Olinger

Early Spring Colors

Grey sky and tree branches not yet green with new leaves. Open views and quiet brown fields by the roads.  A few bird songs and snowdrops. Fallen tree branches in open spaces.  Muted early spring colors in the landscape.  Waves of Lake Michigan reach the shore.  Our old cedar tree by the garage.

When I began this site in April 2012, one of my goals was that it be a place to practice, and to share poems in a new way.


morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

SMILE (Spring, 2012); Joyce M. Johnson, Editor/Publisher.

Also published in Take-out Window:  Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham.

More information about HSA Members’ Anthologies can be read here.


Ellen Grace Olinger
April 9 and 10, 2017

A Few Haiku Notes: National Poetry Month

The Haiku Foundation:

Last year, I worked with Dave Russo and several artists to create the first Gallery of Cover Art at The Haiku Foundation.

IHPD – International Haiku Poetry Day – at The Haiku Foundation is April 17.  Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, has new posts throughout the year.

There are many haiku lesson plans for all ages on the Education Resources page; Jim Kacian, Editor.  My major contribution is Kindergarten – Grades 5 – 6.

Haiku Society of America:

I received the new issue of frogpond (Volume 40: 1), Journal of the Haiku Society of America.  Christopher Patchel is Editor, and Joyce Clement is Coeditor.  Randy Brooks is Editor of the Frogpond Web Sampler.


I am reading many posts, poems, and looking at journals, from my WordPress reader.  So much excellent work.

Ellen Grace Olinger