Category: Encouragement

September on the horizon

Here is a poem that I’d post on bulletin boards in libraries, perhaps in an assisted living community home and/or a nursing home.  Karl and I had the privilege of volunteering in such a setting for 3 years, inbetween special needs in our two families.  It was a rich experience.  I think the short poetry forms would be great to share in these settings.

I wrote and posted this poem last August, with a different image.  This image is a free sample from 1500 Decorative Ornaments (Dover Publications).


on the horizon

all the goals

I can still

try to reach

My Soul … As A Weaned Child Psalm 131

Today is the 8th anniversary of my mother’s passing.  I am full of memories, from all the years we had together on this blessed earth.  We shall meet again.  Love endures.

PSALM 131: 1-2 (KJV)

Lord, my heart is not haughty,

nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I

exercise myself in great matters,

or in things too high for me.

Surely I have behaved and quieted

myself, as a child that is weaned of

his mother: my soul is even as a

weaned child.

Image courtesy of

January Light


First real snow
last night
My heart lifts
January light.

This was published in SMILE (WINTER 2000-01); and reprinted in SMILE (FALL/WINTER 2009-10).

Post update: January 10, 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger