all the roads

I am grateful for all the roads I know in our area.  There are the roads people use to get to the freeways, and then there are the smaller roads.  I like the slower pace, and that I can take extra time to arrive home from errands, at this time in my life.

Sometimes I like to visit the roads that I reached after returning here from my mother’ s home in the Milwaukee area, years ago.  There was always a sense of being in a familiar place, of course; then as I reached the small country roads further north, I felt my soul-home and place.

These roads are always new, even as their presence in my life is a deep blessing.


country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Ellen Grace Olinger

Time Of Singing
Summer 2012

Discover Challenge: Superpower


Superpower – I read many poets, and keep reading new writers, along with rereading books and journals.

I am reading the new issue of Time Of Singing, and also set aside past Winter and Spring issues for some quiet hours.  This challenge also asks us to identify our gifts.  Throughout my life, I have often been told I have the gift of encouragement.

I began work on a new large print chapbook, to follow our site and book, Quiet Christmas Poetry.  This is another way to encourage.

Perhaps for my new book:

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing
Summer 2012

older now
used books settle
in their new home

where once
I mourned

roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

Ellen Grace Olinger

Retrospective – Two

Lake Michigan - May 2016
Lake Michigan – May 2016

I registered with in December 2009, when we began Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

As I review my sites, I remember different life chapters.  For example, I may see some months when I was not able to create new work.  Then, perhaps after some lessons learned, or a time of grief has healed somewhat, there are new poems.  Photography began for me in 2015.  I also see that the various challenges inspired new posts.

In this post, my goal is to highlight a few of my haiku that were reprinted by editors in 2016.  I am grateful when my best work can be shared again.


Gene Myers reprinted two of my haiku in his .haiku column number 34, 3-21-2016, at the Haiku Society of America site.  The title of his column is “Celebrating Holy Week with Christian Haiku.”  These haiku were previously published in Time Of Singing (Spring 2014).

Holy Week
lily flowers
wait to bloom

sometimes by sight
in my life of faith
apple trees in bloom


Charlotte Digregorio reprinted two of my haiku in 2016.  I follow the Daily Haiku posts at her site.


seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

Mayfly, 58

Daily Haiku: April 2, 2016


Friday afternoon
butterfly rests
on the wind

tinywords,12.1, 2012

Daily Haiku: Aug. 20, 2016


Lora Homan Zill reprinted this poem from my blogs:

my large print Bible
rests on the Thanksgiving tray
the bread of life

Time Of Singing, Fall 2016


Thank you


Ellen Grace Olinger