BOOKS and Garden

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

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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.

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Ferns

Ellen Grace Olinger
Photos are from June 2, 2017.

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Grammatical Patterns And Composition by Enola M. Borgh

My mother was a professor in the English Department at The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.  A few years ago, one of her books was reprinted and I bought a copy from Amazon.  The book is on a shelf near my computer.

I began writing poetry in high school.  My mother wisely let me discover my own path.   One day she said, “If you’re a writer, you’ll write.”  When I was older, she encouraged me to learn a form.  Then I discovered haiku, and began subscribing to Modern Haiku in 1993.  I remember she sent me a postcard and said I seemed comfortable with the form.

Mom especially enjoyed novels.  For me, many more poetry books than novels.  We watched movies and went to bookstores.  We enjoyed Lake Michigan in Milwaukee.

During her last illness, I read aloud to her.  We shall meet again.

This is her book:

Grammatical Patterns And Composition
Enola M. Borgh
Copyright, Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English, 1963
First Printing, June, 1963

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In Loving Memory – Three Haiku

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These are haiku for my mother, Enola M. Borgh (1917 – 2004).  She would be so happy to know I am using my teaching gifts again at The Haiku Foundation.  She also volunteered after she retired; she taught English as a second language and worked at a nursing home.

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gentle spring winds
in evergreen trees
the friendship we grew

Mother’s Day
sorrow has become
stars

forget-me-nots
bloom everywhere
love endures

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Photos and poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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“gentle spring winds” was published in Time Of Singing (Spring 2012).

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For Mother’s Day 2017