Daily Prompt: Construct

Christmas Cactus – photo by Karl

Construct – This was the one-word prompt from December 2, 2016.


the Christmas story
sounds of carpenters
at work

This is a poem from 2014.  You can read the first version, written in 5 lines, here – on Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

My poem reflects sounds in the neighborhood.  Our old home needed to be rebuilt from the inside, several years ago.  I was still grieving for my mother.  Practical work was a blessing.  I enjoyed the conversations and learned a lot about wood, building and rebuilding, and colors.  A new and different world.  When we first came here, it was interesting to be able to go to a lumber yard, with Karl, for example, during hours I used to be in class.  I love to learn and this was a new vocabulary.

So many ways to be creative, and build, and rebuild if necessary.  Write and rewrite.  Take many photos.  Cook a healthy meal.  Write a note of encouragement.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Haiku from Quiet Christmas Poetry


tree branches
and winter white sky
poem on the page

almost Christmas
through the evergreens
clear blue sky

looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends

The book includes Bible verses, acrostics, haiku, and tanka.

“In the beginning was the Word . . .”  John 1: 1

Under “Book Offers” in the Fall 2015 issue of Time Of Singing, Lora Homan Zill, Editor, included a picture of the Christmas book and wrote: “Light and easy to hold, with large print, it is ideal for anyone battling or recovering from serious illness, or who needs a special word of encouragement over the holiday season.”  This was the goal, and we are grateful.

If you wish to order a copy of Quiet Christmas Poetry, please visit the books page at Time Of Singing.  There is an ordering form that may be printed.  The price is $5.00 per copy, or 3 copies for $12.00.  All proceeds benefit TOS.

The cover photo is by Karl.  Here is the original photo of the Lake Michigan beach in Wisconsin, during a past winter.