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
1,000 Posts Review

Review notes

I have reached January 2018, with my review. WordPress inspired me, with their “Post Milestone” in January of this year. So soon I will complete my review and 1,000 Posts series. Thank you. I have learned a lot through this review. I see how I could revise some old poems, as I also remember the moment and emotions at the time. And I see some growth! Next post will continue with my January 2018 archive. I began this site in April 2012, and the encouragement of many people is reflected and supported here.

I often reprint poems in new ways. For example, I may see over time that poems form a small collection, and one of my photos may also go well with the post.

This was my note from WordPress, in my notifications. I would have missed this achievement otherwise. They are good teachers and editors!

“Congratulations on writing 1000 posts on Haiku Art Site!”

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes

Lovingkindness is a post from yesterday at our site, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. The post shares verses from the Psalms with this word.

As I learn from many others, one of the blessings of writing poetry is the way we focus on each word. If there are fewer words, what are the best words?

On Sunday, I was praying the Psalms, and the word lovingkindness was given, and I thought, “What a beautiful word, and hope to include the word in a poem.”

Nature is also a source of inspiration. My poems usually are given as I read and pay attention to daily life. My overall goal is to offer hope. Everyone has a story, and I have needed to begin again a few times. Always beauty, always hope. Creativity with blogs works so well for me.

This tanka is from my site, Poems From Psalms and Nature.

more blessings
to bestow
orange tulip petals
in a bowl of water
by the window

Marsh Marigolds are beginning to bloom here. I found the drawing at wpclipart.

Thank you, and blessings,

Ellen Grace Olinger

Vintage Picture and Two Poems

feeling new poems
fallow fields
waking up

(Time Of Singing, 2000)

This was a poem about beginning to write again, as I recall.

cup of coffee
by the water
this day to God

Now when I begin the day, I wonder what poems may be given. And when I am unable to write, I review my archives, as you know. And anytime, good to review if we can. We may be surprised to rediscover some old work. See some growth. Be encouraged to continue, try new ideas. And always beauty – I rest and look out the window. A different pace now, with peaceful gratitude.

Kite Drawing is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Ellen Grace Olinger
April 2016 and April 2019
1,000 Posts Review

Creative Notes

Please see WELCOME TO TINYWORDS 19.1 for the introduction to the new issue by Editors Kathe L. Palka and Peter Newton.

I enjoyed reading Carole MacRury’s winning poem for the recent prompt, and my poem, “Wisconsin winter,” is also featured.

Thank you,
Ellen Grace Olinger