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

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.


Haiku Gift for 2020

spruce tree branches
by the windows
each day a painting

new year sunrise
light fills
the red poinsettia

reading Psalms
on a Sunday morning
winter’s rest

time with the Psalms
a dove on the branch
pictures a poem

after rain
the beautiful earth
and gardens grow

May garden
daffodils bloom
through the night

all that has happened
since the last time they bloomed

summer evening
light fills the evergreens
with old and new growth

reading poems
from years ago
perennials grow

catching up a little
with haiku journals
another autumn

some water
for the Christmas cactus
new buds grow

October days
and November in sight
frost on the ground

night sky to sunrise
fragrance of carnations
in the sunroom

new light
in my study

December morning
cold and yet the sun
on orange pumpkins

work in the kitchen
rice with carrots
and kale

before dawn
snow on pumpkins
near the porch light

small plant
on my desk
Advent sun

Haiku are by Ellen Grace Olinger.
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mild December day

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mild December day
pheasants in fields
apples still on some trees
poems to write and
poetry journals to read

December 2, 2012

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