Discover Challenge: Superpower


Superpower – I read many poets, and keep reading new writers, along with rereading books and journals.

I am reading the new issue of Time Of Singing, and also set aside past Winter and Spring issues for some quiet hours.  This challenge also asks us to identify our gifts.  Throughout my life, I have often been told I have the gift of encouragement.

I began work on a new large print chapbook, to follow our site and book, Quiet Christmas Poetry.  This is another way to encourage.

Perhaps for my new book:

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing
Summer 2012

older now
used books settle
in their new home

where once
I mourned

roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

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.


new growth
on evergreens
dinner with old friends

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


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