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

near the garage

Haiku Art Site: Wisconsin, USA

near the garage
on a cold March day
bird songs

soon the garden
will begin in small ways

These are new haiku, posted recently at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I write practice poems often. This is a longer journal poem:

all the changes
and new blessings

with time

so much I no longer
think about too much

what stays and grows?

unconditional love
the growing light
of this day

my own path with poetry

Image: Reusable Art

The robins will be back soon!

Ellen Grace Olinger

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