Deeper Places – The Beginning Of This Blog

I want to live
in the deeper places
where flowers
always get to bloom
at their appointed time
and are loved as much
weathered and dormant
and covered with snow
I want to live
in the deeper places
where loss is felt
tears are cried and
night becomes a friend
and then loss
dies too
new life arrives again
Oh, I want to live
in the deeper places
Published in Time of Singing (2003); Bell’s Letters (2004);
The Discerning Poet (2004); Blogging Along Tobacco Road (2009);
Bell’s Letters (2009).
The Raymond Flory Explorer Award (2010).   The Eve Jeanette Blohm Award (2010).   Both awards through Bell’s Letters Poet.
Photo credit:  Karl Olinger

16 thoughts on “Deeper Places – The Beginning Of This Blog

  1. Thank you, Margaret and Jane. And also to friends and family who sent emails. I am grateful for your support as I try something new.


  2. ellen…so good to hear of your new venture. the piece you have chosen to share in your “maiden voyage” is so filled with questioning, quietude and humility. so much like our friend, ellen… we do miss the two of you… and then some …
    sharing the spirit that makes us whole,
    laurajeanne & michael


  3. I love this poem! and was honored to feature it in the Poets and Poems series on Tobacco Road.

    I’m delighted to see that you have a blog, Ellen!

    Blessings of the season to you and your loved ones,



  4. Dear Curtis,

    Thank you, and I was so honored to be featured in your Poets and Poems series. The feedback I received encouraged me to begin this blog.

    Many people also commented on the photo of Karl’s you selected to go with “Deeper Places.”


  5. Hi, Ellen:
    I’ve been holding off getting in touch until I could report anything about my own writing ~ better stop waiting! 🙂 I’m so thrilled about your blog, and about all the wonderful things you’ve been doing. You are special in so many ways, including in your gift for poetry. Thanks so much for continuing to email me in spite of my lack of responses. I WILL be in touch within a week, one way or another (lots of news). God bless you.


  6. Dear Kimberly,

    Thank you, and may God bless you too.

    I love the conversation that is growing here.

    Merry Christmas!


  7. Dear Darlene,

    Thank you. Karl, my husband, has taken many photos. We live by Lake Michigan, about an hour north of Milwaukee. We will be posting one of his photos for Christmas!

    So my plan now is to post my best poems and Karl’s photos.


  8. Congratulations, Ellen! This will be a nice way to see you! I love your poems, Ellen; they often sound in harmony with my dearest friend Renee’s writing. You are a kindred spirit and I feel so fortunate to read and breathe your poems. Look forward to more! With love, Sister Martha


  9. Dear Martha,

    Thank you. Your brother was just by my side, setting up my email so my blog address automatically appears.

    Yes, we are kindred spirits. I look forward to learning more about your friend Renee’s writing too.

    With love, Sister Ellen


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