Kitchen Poems

In my post, Small Study Poems, I reprinted poems inspired by my study. These are some poems from the kitchen, over the seasons and years.

preparing a meal
of fresh vegetables
New Year’s Eve

morning work
in the kitchen
porch lights shine
on cotoneasters
covered with snow

March sunrise
shadows of trees
on cedar garage

washing dishes
a rabbit plays
in the garden

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

early June
ferns as tall
as the garden chair

open window
over the kitchen sink
cool fall air

there are poems
in the clouds and
sunrise


and light seen
on the garage
from the kitchen


and one yellow leaf
on the birch tree


there are always poems

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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Small Study Poems

I have a small study on the second floor, with a desk by the window, file cabinets, a comfortable chair, and a bookcase from my father. This room now includes many chapters of life and art projects.

Each morning, I wonder what poem I will see. Beauty and wonder every day, through the seasons.

Here are some recent examples.

quiet Monday
branches as still
as the icicles

study window
January trees seen
through icicles

I also listen to music.

listening to music
I know well
my life comes back to me

And watch a plant grow over time, with good care.

new green leaves
begin to grow on the plant
we bought this year


the plant lives on my desk
light from two windows

and I move the plant
here and there


to grow in the light

Work in the kitchen is another source of inspiration, and my view of the yard from the first floor. I will create another post with some of those poems. Our yard is mostly perennials – snowdrops, daffodils, daylilies, hosta, and goldenrod.

Sometimes we write, and then over time, we see themes and small collections of poems.

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