The Discover Challenge this week is Snapshots.


Snow melting
in March . . .
my mother’s new smile


Gentle spring winds
in evergreen trees
the friendship we grew


taking turns
letting each other go
only to learn again
how love grows


Mother’s Day 2004
in loving memory of Enola M. Borgh

You gave your life
to Language and us
reading your work
fills the long hours
I freely gave to your care

How you worked to live
and were unafraid to die
remembering how
you basked in the books
I read aloud

the photo of us by
the graves at the
family reunion
“Woman, why
eepest thou?” *

* From John 20: 15 (KJV)



Publication credits:

“Snow melting” Time Of Singing (Spring 2003)

“Gentle spring winds” Time Of Singing (Spring 2012)

“taking turns” Bell’s Letters Poet 2006

“Mother’s Day 2004” LYNX 2004

The Delicate Border Image is courtesy of Reusable Art – Breathing New Life Into Old Art.

Ellen Grace Olinger

bloom everywhere
love endures


Discover Challenge WITNESS

reading through archives
so much of my life
recorded here

For WITNESS – When I sit here and write, I am comfortable and I write from my heart.  I am aware of the many who read and may read in the future.  The readers of my blogs span several decades, in terms of their ages.  I am grateful.  There are so many ways to grow here.

When I am writing, I am usually in a small room by myself.  Often as I pray the Psalms, and look at the nature outside the window, I am inspired.  I read many books and journals.  It is also true that when I rest when tired, that inspiration renews.  I am encouraged by many people and so grateful.

I am older now and feel my professional goals are complete.  We hope to create a few large print books with my poems and our photos.  Quiet Christmas Poetry is an example – my WordPress site has the content for free, and a large print chapbook benefits a poetry journal, Time Of Singing.  My career was in special education and I helped with my mother’s care.  I have spent a lot of time in nursing homes as a daughter and volunteer.  When I was younger, I had a chronic illness; so have some sense of the content that may work in different situations.  Blogging helped to renew my creativity.

The Discover Challenges are a new weekly event at The Daily Post on WordPress.  I am also enjoying their other challenges.