Daily writing prompt for May 30, 2023

Daily writing prompt
Do you remember life before the internet?

Yes, and all can work well together.

Print journals may have sites online to share art and information, and help other people discover their work. I borrow books from our library, and can learn more about a new author online.

Grateful always for our blogs, and being able to create posts and share. I learn so much every day.

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sun on a vase

sun on a vase
from my mother’s home
in the room where I write
she often asked,
“Are you writing?”


Simple Gardens

Daily writing prompt
What’s one small improvement you can make in your life?

simple gardens
perennials here
for decades
bees, butterflies,

Adjustments for my age and health now, and a slow pace. This is a good time in my life.

Thank you and blessings. Ellen

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Haiku – 2

In my post yesterday, Haiku, I wrote about my mother’s encouragement to learn about a form. Of course, this is lifelong learning. Today I am reviewing my work to select a few poems from over the years.

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31–32 inspired my poem.
Published by Time of Singing, 1995.

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

Psalms to pray
and poems to read
sun on seawalls

Dawn Returns
The Haiku Society of America
2022 Members’ Anthology
John J. Han, Editor
Haiku Society of America, New York

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Daily writing prompt
Describe a positive thing a family member has done for you.

I mentioned in an earlier post, Literature and History, that my mother taught composition and literature at a university. When I began writing more poetry, and print journals accepted my work, she wrote the page numbers for my poems on the covers. She also suggested I learn a form, and then I began with haiku. My mother said to learn about a form – and always more to learn – and then you can try your own ideas.

Spring poetry
journals in the mail
new season of art

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin – April 24, 2021

The Haiku Way To Healing: Illness, Injury and Pain (Including Senryu, Tanka and Haiga). Edited by Robert Epstein, 2022. Middle Island Press, West Union, WV.

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