Winter storm today

Winter storm today and I am playing with poems and pictures.

books on the shelf
supported by each other
kindness of friends

Photo by Anthony on

I am grateful that a few haiku from the early years of this blog were published later in books and journals. Then I reprint the poem as a thank you note.

This is an example:

one red tulip
blooms in the hosta border
time alone with God

Published in A Moment’s Longing, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2019, edited by Tanya McDonald.

Photo by Daniel Absi on
Photo by Ken Wiele on

stack of art books
not needing to read today
just need them there

Photo by Anastasiia on

winter storm
time with archives
and pictures
January today and
February tomorow

Thank you, and take good care – Ellen Grace Olinger

Kitchen Poems

In my post, Small Study Poems, I reprinted poems inspired by my study. These are some poems from the kitchen, over the seasons and years.

preparing a meal
of fresh vegetables
New Year’s Eve

morning work
in the kitchen
porch lights shine
on cotoneasters
covered with snow

March sunrise
shadows of trees
on cedar garage

washing dishes
a rabbit plays
in the garden

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

early June
ferns as tall
as the garden chair

open window
over the kitchen sink
cool fall air

there are poems
in the clouds and

and light seen
on the garage
from the kitchen

and one yellow leaf
on the birch tree

there are always poems

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Reusable Art

Small Study Poems

I have a small study on the second floor, with a desk by the window, file cabinets, a comfortable chair, and a bookcase from my father. This room now includes many chapters of life and art projects.

Each morning, I wonder what poem I will see. Beauty and wonder every day, through the seasons.

Here are some recent examples.

quiet Monday
branches as still
as the icicles

study window
January trees seen
through icicles

I also listen to music.

listening to music
I know well
my life comes back to me

And watch a plant grow over time, with good care.

new green leaves
begin to grow on the plant
we bought this year

the plant lives on my desk
light from two windows

and I move the plant
here and there

to grow in the light

Work in the kitchen is another source of inspiration, and my view of the yard from the first floor. I will create another post with some of those poems. Our yard is mostly perennials – snowdrops, daffodils, daylilies, hosta, and goldenrod.

Sometimes we write, and then over time, we see themes and small collections of poems.