favorite old poem

IT IS IMPORTANT

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

Seed Under Snow

the faith of birds
trusting in seed
under snow

This haiku was published first in SMILE, a large print journal that was edited/published by Joyce M. Johnson.

I reprinted the poem in And So My Soul (2001).

Ellen Grace Olinger

A Poem for You (1991)

This poem is from my first chapbook, And So My Soul (2001, out of print).

I taped up a picture of you
It must have been your last
Healthy Christmas – long overdue,
But you understand
I know you do.

And I’m up early to have some
Time alone before teaching, too
And I understand even more now
You know I do.

Mom’s doing better now…
She told me how you stood
Between two railroad cars
All the way from Washington D.C.
To Chicago after World War II.

And I’m teaching my heart out
Giving essay tests, too
Pouring out my soul
Like you used to do.

It’s Christmas again, and I
Taped up a picture of you
I’m writing poems and
Taking walks – doing fine
But missing you
Has not ceased with time.

Published in Midwest Poetry Review (1993); Bell’s Letters (1993); The Spirit of Christmas (1994, Weems Concepts).

My mother loved this poem.

Ellen Grace Olinger