Tree Outside My Study Window

Ellen Grace Olinger – 2015

For years and years, I have been watching the same birch tree outside my study window.  This is a small room, with a comfortable chair for reading, and a desk.

I also like to take pictures of hosta plants by the tree.

Late summer, I see a leaf or two turn gold.  The days are a little shorter, and summers are indeed short here.

Then the tree is full of gold leaves.  I know when they fall, that new leaves will grow again in spring – as they are now.

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leaf buds
and raindrops
on the birch tree
new dreams
from tears

tree branches
and leaves
in predawn breeze
sorrows begin to soften
and heal

reminding me
to love each day
one gold leaf

a few leaves
drift from the
birch tree
and reach the
last of the lilies

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Ellen Grace Olinger

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Ellen Grace Olinger – 2015

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