Poems From Psalms And Nature: July 2010 to the present

I began Poems From Psalms And Nature on July 18, 2010.

My first post was Psalm 46 Be Still . . .

Be still, and know
that I am God

Psalm 46: 10a (KJV)

Native Plants was from July 27, 2010.

learning more
about native plants
I too thrive best
where I belong

One of my goals with Journal Notes Blog is to review my work so far, including my handwritten journals. I also enjoy learning about design from WordPress.com, and trying different themes. The Psalms and nature are a part of my daily life.

A new image, and/or a different design, can give an old poem new life. There are many readers. A poem familiar to one person is new for another. I know I enjoy rereading poetry.

Poems written over time may form a book. Quiet Christmas Poetry is both a large print chapbook and free site.

And I always feel that I am just beginning, and I love to learn. Art grows over time. I have found that my blogs lead to practice and poems. And when I have needed to rest more, that is good as well. The years and seasons vary. Grateful.

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haiku

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

Published in Take-out Window: Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham.

My haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010.

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flowers and leaves

flowers and leaves
in light wind
and sun . . .
new beginnings
at any age

My pace is slower now, older now. Some life chapters are well in the past, and yet creativity renews, with care and time. I have known an academic career in education, chronic illness, caregiving, volunteer work, and the history we all share. Grateful.

By God’s grace, and help from many people, my art grows through difficult times. I look for beauty every day. And some days I simply need to rest. My goal with my blogs is to offer hope. Thank you. Ellen Grace Olinger

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always beauty

after the leaves fall
and the days grow short
holiday lights begin

small town main streets
and country roads

November skies and fields
have a stark and simple
beauty

when winter settles in
for a long time
after Christmas

the light in January
is already changed
from now

Ellen Grace Olinger
2017

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