Writing Practice: May 7, 2021

morning work
in the kitchen

reading a new-used book

blue sky and some clouds

birch trees in May
wind and evergreens

daffodils and primroses
in the yard

sounds of work
in the neighborhood

type a list

gratitude

poem

sunrise . . .
some water
for the chrysanthemum

by Ellen Grace Olinger

Published by hedgerow #133, a journal of small poems,
autumn 2020. Caroline Skanne is editor.

Small Study Poems

time with a book
light reaches my chair
through trees

late November
warmth of sunlight
on my desk chair

all a day can hold
sun and shadows
on the wood window frame
above my desk
in my small study

new light
in my study
waterfall

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

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Creative Note: Psalms And Nature

Yesterday, we completed the series at my site, Poems From Psalms And Nature.

Here are posts from that site with some of my thoughts about this work.

The Psalms – I wrote this post as I reflected upon the series, to let readers know we were reaching the last Psalm.

There are 150 Psalms, so our current series is almost complete – and only a small beginning.

The Psalms are a part of my life. Perhaps you know them well, and perhaps they are new for some readers.

Psalm 150 – I mentioned that “New readers may be interested to read New Series From The Psalms (March 17, 2020).”

Ellen Grace Olinger

we hold the door

we hold the door
for older people
memories of Mom

My poem was published in the book They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku; Edited by Robert Epstein (2017, Middle Island Press).

Photos in my post today are courtesy of wpclipart.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Grateful

This was my post for Thanksgiving this year, and grateful every day. As Ann Voskamp writes:  eucharisteo precedes the miracle.”

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

“Little nails and a steady hammer can rebuild a life –eucharisteoprecedes the miracle.”

Selections from One Thousand Gifts
by Ann Voskamp – Page 31.
2012, Zondervan; author copyright.

I remembered the quote today and had not looked at this book for awhile. The “Interior photography” is also by Ann Voskamp.

In April 2013 I wrote, The goal is to always find something to praise – however tiny. It’s interesting as I type this, I recall such vivid images of beauty outside the windows during difficult days. I didn’t think of myself as having that visual sense before. Now it is appearing in my poetry, as a natural part of life.

These are photos from my 2016 archives.

Lake Michigan – November 2016

Begonia planter – November 2016

Poinsettia – December 2016

Snow on the blue tarp for Karl’s trailer – December 2016

Thank you for all your inspiration…

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