Two New Poems – April 2019


there was a time
when the book
did not exist

perhaps in the
writer’s heart and

yet still the process
to create for others
to read in some form

there was a time
when the reader
did not know

the book exists
yet once found
is read and reread

treasured forever
among many books


healthy food
and more exercise
as the weather
is more like Spring

blood pressure monitor
on my desk and 
mail from Medicare
on the kitchen table

Spring appointments
on my calendar
and grateful for care
both kind and good

poetry in the mail too
and a shelf of memoirs
from thrift stores to read
food for the soul

Give us this day our daily bread.
Matthew 6: 11 (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

Image credit: wpclipart

Images and Notes


The “peach blossom photo” is courtesy of wpclipart – one of the first sites I discovered when I began blogging several years ago.

My primary blog is Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

I enjoy being creative in many ways, and also view a wide variety of posts at other sites. I write poetry, including haiku and tanka. My major themes are art, beauty, creativity, encouragement, faith, gratitude, grief, health, and hope. Many life chapters, and always hope.


journal notes

One of my goals with this blog is to review my handwritten notebooks over the years, and save a few thoughts here.

I also need more room in my paper files, and would like to be able to manage with the file cabinets I already have.

Today I rediscovered a small notebook from 2007 – 2008. It is a record of my correspondence with family, friends, and editors. This I will save.

I had forgotten that an older neighbor told me at the grocery store that my early chapbook, And So My Soul, still blesses her. I reprint poems from over the years online too. I will also create posts here with poems from my first chapbook.

And I remember those no longer on earth, as I reread today.

Friends, with whom I am no longer in touch, are mentioned; and I have learned how things change over the years. My mother reconnected with old friends in her old age. And some friendships and efforts have grown consistently. I have not always been able to stay in touch with many people, and/or send work to editors for review. Blogs work so well for me now.

I began with in December 2009.

My primary site is Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.

I look forward to sharing from my handwritten journals here, as I rediscover them in my files. I know there are beginnings of poems, quotes, and notes about the seasons.

This is a work in progress, and I will be learning as I post. Thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger