Month: July 2020


Mid-week, the last week in July. We’ve had rain, and the daylilies and hosta are beautiful in a different way.

I love the lessons from the gardens. The weathered look of an old book, sweater, art from a thrift store. Colors in the sky, colors of books on my shelves. Grateful to be growing older.

Before sunrise, I open the kitchen window and hear bird songs. And know this is a moment to receive with grace. Time to listen and watch, before the day’s good work. My father liked the early mornings too.

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning . . .

From Psalm 143: 8

Psalm 143 – Poems From Psalms And Nature


A quiet early morning. I sat still for awhile, checked emails, worked in the kitchen, and read a book. I learn from many authors, poetry and prose. Sometimes new, and sometimes I may reread one poem aloud a few times. And I watch the light through the days, weeks, months, seasons.

This past week, we reached Psalm 150 at Poems From Psalms And Nature.

150 poems
the Psalms

I did not presume any prior knowledge of the Psalms, and also honor that the Psalms are well known by many others. The pictures were from different sources, with credits. Daily work, since March 17, 2020, and only a small beginning in terms of the beauty and depth of the Psalms. Always more to learn. Good to finish my small series, and let it rest now – just be there if someone wants to look at a post.

I decided to pospone the book I was working on until later in 2021. Have peace about this decision. All the content is already on our blogs. This will just be another way to share.

Karl did the work of creating Quiet Christmas Poetry from the site. Our large print chapbook was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This time I hope to learn more technical skills, in terms of preparing a book for the printer. I probably have learned more than I know, with our blogs. One day at a time!


seasons repeat

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

This is an example of a poem that I wrote for this blog, and that was reprinted several times.

August 17, 2014
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

My post for August 9, 2018 lists additional credits.

The most recent credit for “seasons repeat” is The Signature Haiku Anthology, Including Senryu and Tanka. Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press, 2020.

Some poems are gifts. How I love the seasons in Wisconsin. Just now, this time when July is so beautiful, and August not far away, is a time of year that seems especially wonderful. As every time has a unique beauty and is a blessing, an inspiration, a gift.

Ellen Grace Olinger

love of literature

These are a few of my poems that I wrote for this blog, and that have been reprinted by editors and publishers in print journals and a book.

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

Acrostic poem for LIBRARY

July 18, 2012
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2018

roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

August 20, 2012
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (2019)
Edited by Robert Epstein
Middle Island Press
West Union, WV

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

July 22, 2011
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

Time Of Singing, Summer 2012

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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