early morning

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

early morning
and reading
many writers
each time I look
the sky has changed

July 2014

This summer I am rereading books by Luci Shaw, along with a few poetry journals. Here and there I look at memoirs from thrift stores.

Always the Psalms – a place of stability and hope for me. So much room for growth. Sometimes good to read something new, and sometimes good to reread.

July 2015

Ellen Grace Olinger

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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
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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

Acrostic Poem for MUSE

M  arvel at and
U  nderstand the
S  easons a little more
E  ach year

I also mentioned the Education Resources at The Haiku Foundation.

November – December 2015
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Photo of Lake Michigan
and MUSE acrostic
are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

all the decades

all the decades
it waited for her
and held a place
for her old age
Home

This poem was inspired by the Tinywords Writing Prompt for Issue 14.1.

five roads
from this corner
now I know
my way home
on them all

home from mailing
poetry notes
monarch butterfly
greets me
at the back door

The prompt also recalled a few poems from my blogs.

Ellen Grace Olinger
March 2014
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Creative Reading and Writing

reading novels
I think of how sentences
can become poems

This is a second haiku about reading from August 2013. I have to pause and remember what I was trying to say. I added the word “can.”

Sometimes an author describes a place so well, while telling a story, that I think of a poem – the land, the colors, the light. And I think about how writing our notes and observations in a journal can be the beginning of a poem later.

Often when I write a new poem for a blog post, I have been reading for a time. The wonder and beauty of language. Then I look outside, and am inspired once again by the same views.

I read memoirs and poetry by Luci Shaw. Her gift with poetry is a natural part of her prose. I see how writing in one area, can help us with work in another form as well.

Ellen Grace Olinger
August 2013 and February 2019
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