journal notes – haiku

I was able to spend some time with my paper files this week, which took me back to my early years with haiku.

My mother was a professor in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I was writing poetry and she encouraged me to consider a form; and then I found Modern Haiku, in a Poet’s Market book.

Here is my haiku for my father.

rarely at your grave —
geranium blooms freely
on your workshop stool

Modern Haiku, Fall 1996

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions Series, 2010
Edited by Curtis Dunlap

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: July 11, 2017

You may also be interested in Haiku Art Site, where I keep track of my work in haiku over the years. I continue to love this form.

Photo by Vlad Fonsark on

Ellen Grace Olinger


many years
needed to write
a poem
in a few minutes

I may think about something for a long time, write a few notes, and then a poem seems to write itself. Reading many authors also is a great help, and practice. Always learning.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Short Journal Notes

New Poems – May 2019 is a post from my site Poems From Psalms And Nature. It is a small collection of poems.

The post includes poems I wrote this month, and posted first on my primary site, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

The post was inspired by Mother’s Day, as my mother encouraged me to write.

For this site, one of my goals is to review my handwritten journals, and then share and save some content here. I am just beginning this project. I came across a memory of an older neighbor who expressed appreciation for my poetry some time ago. Those are the kinds of treasures I want to rediscover and save.

Thank you. I enjoy trying different WordPress themes and the new editor. I learn more about design, try different colors etc. Blessings for your work.

Daylilies are growing, and daffodils are in bloom. I took these photos in the yard last week.

Ellen Grace Olinger

favorite old poem


To have a vision
to sustain the effort
to see it all the way
through – –

Even when it seems
to leave you

It Is Important was published first in Time Of Singing. The poem has found many homes.

I included this poem in my first chapbook, And So My Soul (2001, out of print).

Ellen Grace Olinger

garden journal

garden journal
through the seasons
every photo a prayer

These are some favorite photos from my archives.  I am learning how to add images with the new Gutenberg editor.  

Ellen Grace Olinger

quiet morning

quiet morning
a caregiver rests
with kind and good care

I am testing Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor.  Here’s another idea with the same poem.

quiet morning
a caregiver rests
with kind and good care

Ellen Grace Olinger
November 21, 2018