This morning I looked at our cedar tree and thought of my poems about trees. Some of the weathered trees are images of strength and beauty for me. The hard years show, and then new growth.
strong and beautiful
my time of healing
in the corner windows
beloved old tree
looking at trees
I remember prayers
We reprinted “looking at trees” in our large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry.
Some of you may remember that we lost an ash tree. The tree fell during a major storm at the end of summer 2018. We are very grateful for how it fell – no one hurt, not on the house. The hosta plants grew around the tree stump again, and the flowers were especially beautiful last summer. We also put a red begonia planter on the stump.
Photo by Ellen Grace Olinger, 2019
Ash Firewood Done – work and photo by Karl, 2019
By Lake Michigan – photo by Karl, 2019
And then a pumpkin in November 2019 – photo by Karl
Creative at home
Ellen Grace Olinger