Category: Grief

Bloganuary prompt for January 17, 2022

What is a superpower you’d love to have?

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31 – 32

how small the song
of an unknown bird
quiet memories

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

breakfast and music
when a song begins
I know the words
Amazing Grace

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

“birds perch” was published in Time Of Singing (1995).

“morning prayer” was published in Take-out Window: Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham. My haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Jan Karon

Karl and I went to Menards in Sheboygan yesterday. I love seeing books for sale at different places, and was happy to see Jan Karon among the many authors. Her novels are wonderful.

Jan Karon’s book, Bathed In Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series is a book I plan to read a little today (Author Copyright 2018; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York).

Bloganuary prompt for January 14, 2022

Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.

taking turns
letting each other go
only to learn again
how love grows,

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

P  romises of
S  erenity
A  nd
M editations and

PSALMS acrostic poem

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Wait on the LORD:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 27: 14

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Photo by Erik Karits on

My first two poems in this post were published by Bell’s Letters.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Bloganuary prompt for January 11, 2022

What does it mean to live boldly?

The conversations with our blogs span generations and are from many places. With this question, I think about how I would have different answers at different times and places in my life. And some of the questions bring back my perspective and voice as a teacher, as opposed to most of my posts. I love a more simple and quiet life now, which is also good for my health. I hope to still be writing posts a long time from now!

My father’s passing (1983) was when I was a new student in a doctoral program in Special Education at Northern Illinois University – so long ago now. My professors gave me more time to complete work, as my mother lived in Wisconsin. It took courage to complete my degree (Ed.D), and more time (graduated in 1987). I began writing more poetry during those years. I wrote a poem, and then was able to concentrate on my studies. My parents were both teachers.

Also some times, a change in direction was needed. These are individual decisions. Life changes. Health first. I have read memoirs, poetry, novels, biographies, listened to music, read books about creativity, letters published after an artist died, etc. The finished product may be excellent, but “everyone has a story.” There is a lot of encouragement to be found in art, history, and literature. Takes time and dedication. Always more to learn!

The ongoing Joni Mitchell Archives are generous – so much hard work sustained over time. I remember working on lesson plans and listening to her music and poetry. She also shows how if you can no longer create in one way, there is other work you can do. Joni is also a painter. It will take some time to listen and learn from her archives and remastered albums – her life work in progress.

In conclusion, I would like to reprint two early poems. In another post, I hope to write about the Psalms and share some verses. One of my sites is POEMS FROM PSALMS AND NATURE (July 2010 – to the present). For some prompts now, I may simply share a short poem or verse.

There are so many artists and authors I would like to mention, and these are thank you notes. This is long enough for today. Thank you and blessings. Take good care, one day at a time. Blogs are flexible, and a good way to be and stay creative.


To have a vision
to sustain the effort
to see it all the way

Even when it seems
to leave you

It Is Important was published first in Time Of Singing.

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.

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

Ellen Grace Olinger