Meditation: Books and Journals

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

I look at the books and journals in our home and am grateful. There is a wide selection: poetry, memoirs, novels, books discarded by libraries, books from thrift stores, books given as gifts. Poets I’ve read for decades, and new poets in journals and who post on their blogs.

Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, by Joni Mitchell, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019; and is a beautiful book. She wrote a forward in May 2019. And she is as grateful as ever.

Poetry called to me from the Psalms, and the hymns, from church. Then when I was young I heard Joni Mitchell, and other artists. I could write too!

Monday afternoon
in March
sun fills a bookcase
from my father

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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).

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Ellen Grace Olinger

sun rests

sun rests
on a small plant
then an empty
wood chair

I read
library books
one page
at a time

Ellen Grace Olinger

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reading memoirs

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

Ellen Grace Olinger

My poem was published in a new anthology. The book is available at Amazon.

All the Way Home:
Aging in Haiku

Edited by
Robert Epstein

Middle Island Press
West Union WV

Favorite Short Poems – 1

Readers over the years seem to especially like these poems. This is the first post in a new series. We began Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin in December 2009. I review my archives often.

You are welcome to reprint my poems with proper credit. Ideas are a bulletin board in a classroom, library, hospital, nursing home, etc. Thank you!

leaves of bleeding hearts
now gold
so do broken hearts mend
so does grief heal
Autumn grace

Published by Bell’s Letters Poet, SMILE, and WestWard Quarterly.

turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

Published by Bell’s Letters Poet.

H   ard work
A   nd hope
R   ealized, and
V   ery grateful
E   ternally, with
S   ongs
T  o sing

HARVEST

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth,
bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,

bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126: 5-6 (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger