January to February . . .

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

pink clouds
span the horizon
seagulls take flight
stretching to read
new books

mid-February light
on the evergreens
easy to imagine
their new growth
in spring

reading a new book
the fragrance
of fresh paper

tulip

“January thaw” was published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.  You can learn more about the HSA Members Anthology here, at their site.

The tulip is courtesy of wpclipart.

Ellen Grace Olinger

THF: EarthRise 2017

The Haiku Foundation’s post for EarthRise Rolling Collaborative Haiku 2017 was published today.  “Be a contributor to the longest poem on the planet!”

Reconciliation is the topic this year.

Please visit The Haiku Foundation for more information.

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I posted this haiku for EarthRise 2017:

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Daily Prompt: Vanish

Vanish – This is a post of gratitude.  Years ago, my career was followed by illness, and then several years of helping with my mother’s care.  I believe that my experience with new health needs helped me better understand my mother’s older years.  I could not keep pace with people my age, and this time with my mother was good for both of us.  I cooked good meals, and we sat and watched the news and movies.

I subscribed to journals, but was not always able to read them, or write new poems.  I lost touch with some good friends.  Then some of us got back in touch. The years when I seemed to be away blessed me greatly as well.  I also changed my life to adapt to new family and health needs.  My life grew in different ways than I had planned, and more and more, I see God’s plan.

We all have special gifts to share.  The expression may change, and we may discover new ways of being creative.  More and more, I trust that when I read and rest, something new will grow at the right time.

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new growth
on evergreens
dinner with old friends

SMILE, 2010
This large print journal was edited and published by Joyce M. Johnson for years.

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January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

The Haiku Foundation Haiku Registry

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We updated my Poet Details page at the Haiku Registry.  Billie Wilson is the Editor.  The registry is a Feature at The Haiku Foundation.

I took the photo of Lake Michigan on January 9, 2016, and chose this photo for my registry page.  I added “January thaw.”  My selection of haiku are from 1994 – 2015.

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

Ellen Grace Olinger

A Splash of Water – HSA Members’ Anthology 2015 – Catherine J.S. Lee, Editor

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

A Splash of Water arrived in the mail this week, from the Haiku Society Of America.  The new anthology looks beautiful.

Catherine J.S. Lee chose this haiku of mine:

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Ellen Grace Olinger

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