Flowers, Poems, Posts

I took this photo on July 2, 2018. Previous owners planted our peonies years ago. The peonies are just beginning to grow again this year.

In August 2018, I posted a small collection of my haiku:
Haiku For The Seasons.

My post could become a small printed chapbook some day, with a few photos and credits. Perhaps a book to send someone with a card.

I wonder
what today’s poem may be
lilacs in the wind

I have mentioned Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog. Charlotte publishes poems by many poets, along with other content.

Please see Charlotte’s recent post from April 27, 2019 at her blog: Exhibit Travels Again: Haiku & Senryu.

Ellen Grace Olinger
July – August 2018, and May 2019
1,000 Posts Review

This photo is courtesy of wpclipart.

There will be a few more posts in this series.
Thank you so much for your visits and support.

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

light falls

light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

Published in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.

I posted these photos for The Daily Post Structure Photo Challenge.

Ellen Grace Olinger
August 2017
1,000 Posts Review

two haiku

Gentle spring winds
in evergreen trees
the friendship we grew

how small the song
of an unknown bird
quiet memories

“Gentle spring winds” was published in Time Of Singing (Spring 2012).

Ellen Grace Olinger
May 2013
1,000 Posts Review