Category: Inspiration

Short Poems: Remembrance and Hope

The seasons inspire reflections about loss and renewal. We think about other people and their stories. A passing, a birthday, the beginning of what would be a last illness, a poetry journal or blog post that honors a poet’s work. For example, Carol Purington – I am grateful for the books her family completed for her.

I remember some of my poems over the years that may be an inspiration.

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

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

as I look through
poetry books
from the last many years
some poets here
some poets there

turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

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

turning the vase was published by Bell’s Letters Poet.

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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Creative Note: Time Of Singing poetry journal

I am reading poems from Time Of Singing, Volume 48 Number 2, Summer 2021. Lora Homan Zill is the Editor. Ken Gibble is the Contributing Editor for this issue. The photography is by Bobbie Rochow. Wind & Water Press is the publisher, from Conneaut Lake, PA.

These are some of my Fall poems that were published by Time Of Singing (TOS).

how gentle the wind
in predawn rose light
after the harvest moon
I begin October
with small and growing hopes

TOS, Fall 2012

late November
sun fills a glass
for a time

TOS, Fall 2013

my large print Bible
rests on the Thanksgiving tray
the bread of life

reading poetry
my coffee gets cold
guess I made it
for the fragrance

TOS, Fall 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

July to August

early morning
and as I watch
the dawn arrive

I look at the clock
and then the sky

time to watch
the light more closely

also the birch tree

which always offers
the first gold leaf
of the year

Ellen Grace Olinger
July 30, 2017

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