Flowers, Poems, Posts

I took this photo on July 2, 2018. Previous owners planted our peonies years ago. The peonies are just beginning to grow again this year.

In August 2018, I posted a small collection of my haiku:
Haiku For The Seasons.

My post could become a small printed chapbook some day, with a few photos and credits. Perhaps a book to send someone with a card.

I wonder
what today’s poem may be
lilacs in the wind

I have mentioned Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog. Charlotte publishes poems by many poets, along with other content.

Please see Charlotte’s recent post from April 27, 2019 at her blog: Exhibit Travels Again: Haiku & Senryu.

Ellen Grace Olinger
July – August 2018, and May 2019
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This photo is courtesy of wpclipart.

There will be a few more posts in this series.
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seeing new details

seeing new details
in the old painting
February light

We have art on the walls from Bethesda Thrift Store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  I imagine the paintings have many stories.

It always amazes me to watch the days grow longer again, even during our long winters. We have lived here long enough, that the light and gardens tell me the time and seasons, in a general way. The garden is always beautiful – the flowers, and also the entire cycle.

I took this photo in the yard yesterday – daylilies and tree shadow in the morning light.

Daylily and ferns – July 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger
February 2018 and May 2019
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The following two images are courtesy of wpclipart.

Two Poems From My Archives

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

This haiku was selected for the 25th Anniversary Volume, Time Of Singing, in 1998.

ice floating
in rose-colored water
some days
feeling old
some young

a Lake Michigan poem

Ellen Grace Olinger
January 2018
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poems and books

gold leaves
drift to ground
sunbeam
on the water

reading
a devotional book
names of authors
in small print

Quiet Christmas Poetry, by contrast, is a large print book.  I still remember sharing with an older relative in 2014, and my aunt said, “Oh, I can read this.”  Karl and I created this book from my Christmas site.

I am grateful for different books,
which seem to work well at different times.

fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

reading the poets
of my parents’
generation
their voices
return

we hold the door
for older people
memories of Mom

The previous three poems are published in the book:  They Gave Us Life: Celebrating MothersFathers & Others in Haiku; Edited by Robert Epstein (2017, Middle Island Press). As noted in the book, “reading the poets” was also published in SMILE, 2010.

September 2017 – November 2017
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Ellen Grace Olinger

light falls

light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

Published in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.

I posted these photos for The Daily Post Structure Photo Challenge.

Ellen Grace Olinger
August 2017
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