Category: Haiku Society of America

Rain Today and Notes

Rain today. Good to listen and read.

I am reading from The Unexpected Weight: The Haiku Society of America Mentorship Program Anthology 2021. Jay Friedenberg, Editor. Ignatius Fay, Interior Design and Layout.

At POEMS FROM PSALMS AND NATURE, I am working on a new series, that builds upon our series from March 2020 – July 2020. In 2020, the posts were short selections from all 150 Psalms, with pictures. This year I am working with words and themes. One post leads to another. Two recent posts are: my hope and trust (from Psalm 71) and “my hope is in thee” (from Psalm 39). The Psalms may be familiar to some readers and new for others. I let the verses speak for themselves. Universal themes.

Photo by Zezen Mutaqin on Pexels.com

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

Visiting The Wind: The Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2021

Visiting The Wind: The Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2021, edited by Erin Castaldi, arrived this past week. I look forward to reading and sharing more about the book. The Cover Design is by Tiffany Shaw-Diaz and Erin Castaldi. I always enjoy learning about artists who are new for me from cover art for books and journals.

My poem in the anthology:

reading poems
from years ago
perennials bloom

Ellen Grace Olinger
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Poems for the New Year

driving across
a new bridge
on an old road

Daily Haiku: November 8, 2018
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

A favorite blog poem

turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

Published in Bell’s Letters Poet

The rose is courtesy of wpclipart.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Poems and Photos: July – September 2019

WordPress Foundation

I am learning more about the WordPress Foundation – “Supporting the WordPress community since 2010.” Matt Mullenweg is the founder and director.

Karl helped me begin Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin in December 2009. This way of being creative works well for me. I am grateful, and trust that our work is cared for well here.

Post from July 9, 2019

Oostburg Public Library
“A Little Library Growing Everyday”
Photo by Karl – July 6, 2019

Cedar Grove Public Library
Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
July 7, 2019
Photo by Karl

Flowers from Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly 
Oostburg, Wisconsin
July 13, 2019
Ellen Grace Olinger

autumn leaves
the caregiver finds time
to rest

Ellen Grace Olinger
Daily Haiku: August 14, 2019
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

Friday morning
fresh water
for the daisies

Saturday afternoon
yellow flowers
on a table in the sun

Sunday morning
clear sky above
sunrise clouds

August 2019

September Trail post
Interurban Trail, Town of Holland
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
September 8, 2019
Photos by Karl

I was happy to receive A Moment’s Longing, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2019. Tanya McDonald served as our Editor this year. The book is beautiful. Please visit the Haiku Society of America for more information.

My poem in the book:

one red tulip
blooms in the hosta border
time alone with God

Post from September 25, 2019

late afternoon
on a warm fall day
people of all ages
at the market
time for supper

Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly
Oostburg, Wisconsin
September 26, 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger