Category: Caregiving

Notes and Poems – 2

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a painting
every morning
tree branches
with new growth
and sky

June 2020 Archive

with all the ways
life can change
still they bloom
every year
daylilies and hosta

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

From Psalm 143: 8

July 2020 Archive

there are poems
in the clouds and
sunrise

and light seen
on the garage
from the kitchen

and one yellow leaf
on the birch tree

there are always poems

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August 2020 Archive

Yesterday’s post: Creative Notes and Poems

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Creative Notes and Poems

Summer poetry journals arrive, and I also read current posts and books. As we know, artists are adding their work to our common journey with COVID-19. Grateful for all. Karl and I are fully vaccinated and wear our face masks. These are two of my poems from this time. My goal with blogs is to offer a few moments of hope. Thank you and take good care.

May garden
daffodils bloom
through the night

May 8, 2020

I take a break
from the news
and all the stories
that matter so much

and am blessed
by the sight
of tomatoes
in an old bowl

kitchen counter sun

May 16, 2020

And always the Psalms:

God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth,
thy saving health among all nations.

Psalm 67: 1 – 2

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Poems For Bulletin Boards

Through the decades, with volunteer work and other work, and with many good teachers and staff, I taught classes from early childhood to nursing home settings. I think a lot about the challenges for education now.

In April 2013, I began Poems For Bulletin Boards, and am adding new posts. You are welcome to use my poems in your lessons and art projects, with a simple credit for my work. Something I can offer.

I hope someone may think, “I can write too.” Perhaps a young writer, or someone in a nursing home who may be a new poet. All ages.

During my mother’s last illness, I read aloud to her. Authors she remembered, the Psalms, new poetry, and the news were part of our days. I called this time “islands of time.” They grew smaller and shorter, and much more care was needed, yet they last in my memory and were real. Also good to simply rest. Grateful for all who cared for my parents, and my Care Team now.

My mother taught English composition and literature, and my father taught history. I love to learn, and their great gift to me.

Take good care. When life changes in one way, it can grow in other ways. I am grateful to be home.

Poems For Bulletin Boards

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Some Poems Are Gifts

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

another year
has passed since
my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

all that has happened
since the last time they bloomed
lilacs

different shapes
of the rose bush
and lilacs in the yard
they grew towards
the light

knowing
they cannot stay
but will return
lilacs

old paintings
words from my parents
still encourage me

Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

“love for you” was written for my father years ago, and published in Bell’s Letters.

“far from perfect” was published first at Poems From Psalms And Nature.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Poems: Wood

CLEAR AIR AND BLUE SKY

clear air and blue sky
work sounds in the neighborhood

shapes of light on painted walls,
books, wood walls

the art, music, poetry
of everyday life

August 22, 2019

RAIN AND WIND

rain and wind
flower petals
on the wood porch

September 13, 2019

PETALS ON WOOD

The daylilies in the vase
Are ending

       Petals drop on wood

I leave them
They express something poignant

       That words never could.

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January 29, 2020

STRONG WINTER WINDS

strong winter winds
old wood in the house
ceilings, floors, walls
startling me in the early hours
speaking to me this day

resilience
strength

the way
Hope holds

January 30, 2012

THESE WOOD WALLS

these wood walls
shelter and add
so much beauty
to this cold day

and all days

others have lived
here too these
past decades

today I wonder
about the other
stories . . .

when the
trees were young

and grew tall
long before
I was born

and then became
this house and

they still seem
alive to me

January 8, 2015

Photos by Karl – July 11, 2020

“Petals On Wood” was published first in ARTS ALIVE:  A LITERARY REVIEW (1988, The Tinley Park – Park District; Illinois).

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.