Category: Haiku Society of America

rain

rain
and blessed
by poetry journals
in the mail
and on my shelves
that I was not able
to read before

I received the new frogpond The Journal of the Haiku Society of America; and Modern Haiku An Independent Journal of Haiku and Haiku Studies.

Some poets I’ve read for years, and I am always interested to read new writers, and learn about books through reviews. Also interested to see all the ways we share our work – blogs, journals (print and online), books (new and used). More than I can read now, and have learned to trust the right time for different ways to learn and create. I caught up around the house a little this week, and that was creative too.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Haiku

blue gloves rest
on wheelbarrow of weeds
autumn work

from 2017

country roads
reflections of light
from new steel roofs

Published in on down the road, Haiku Society of America 2017 Members’ Anthology, edited by LeRoy Gorman.

I wrote this poem for EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2015: The Year of Light, The Haiku Foundation.

 frost soon –

       cutting flowers

              generously 

Published in The TOP, The Tournament of Poetry (October 1995).

The image is courtesy of Dover Publications. It was a sample from Victorian Design.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creativity Over Time – 5

REMEMBRANCE, LOVE, FAITH, HOPE

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
How love grows,
Mother

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

These two poems were published by Bell’s Letters.

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing, 2012

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

L  ove
E  ternal
A  nd
F  orever

LEAF

light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

This was my poem in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.

Also published by:
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: Aug. 21, 2019

home from Sheboygan
grateful for the same roads
this long

Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
September 8, 2018
Photos by Karl

Other posts in this series:

Creativity Over Time
Creativity Over Time – 2
Creativity Over Time – 3
Creativity Over Time – 4

Ellen Grace Olinger

another autumn

another autumn
still happy with the art
on my study walls

old paintings
words from my parents
still encourage me

catching up a little
with haiku journals
another autumn

Examples:

The Heron’s Nest where tradition and innovation meet and complement each other

Modern Haiku An Independent Journal of Haiku and Haiku Studies

frogpond The Journal of the Haiku Society of America

Photo by Karl
Garden Journal
October 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

Rest and Renewal

snow rests
on birch tree branches
that will grow new leaves

and also
on evergreen branches

the yard asks little now

some light seems to rest
with the clouds

I listen to music without
words and then practice
new poems

last year I read many books

mystery of rest and renewal

I am working with some of the ideas I shared in the view has changed.

Today I am listening to music by Helen Jane Long.

And I remember a haiku:

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

“January thaw” was published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

Ellen Grace Olinger