Category: Literature

Light: Poems

Psalms to pray
and poems to read
sun on seawalls

reading old letters
reflections of Christmas lights
on the water

small study
and books to read
days with longer light

Publication Credits

Psalms to pray:

Dawn Returns The Haiku Society of America
2022 Members’ Anthology
John J. Han, Editor
Haiku Society of America, New York

reading old letters:

Quiet Christmas Poetry (our site and chapbook)

small study:

Akitsu Quarterly, Spring 2022
Robin White, Editor

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
May 10, 2022

Our Garden: The Haiku Foundation Volunteer Anthology 2022
edited by Jim Kacian & Julie Bloss Kelsey
The Haiku Foundation, Winchester VA

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Saturday morning

Saturday morning
day begins early
and in a quiet way
from prayers to plans
for kitchen work today

And I remember this poem:

peaceful morning
a prayer from childhood
still with me

Published in Bundled Wildflowers, Haiku Society of America 2020 Members’ Anthology. Bryan Rickert, Editor. The Daily Haiku: Nov. 10, 2020 at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

Haiku Society of America site

(Post from November 2021)

Photo by Skyler Ewing on Pexels.com

names and addresses

names and addresses
for dear friends
no longer on earth
old address book

not yet written
in the overflowing book
cards and envelopes
with last known
addresses

still wanting to remember
what may no longer
be current – places I was
people I knew

Time of Singing Spring 2018

“not yet written” and “still wanting to remember” were also published in All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (2019). Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press; West Union, WV.

Psalms to pray

Psalms to pray
and poems to read
sun on seawalls

Ellen Grace Olinger
October 2021
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

Dawn Returns
The Haiku Society of America
2022 Members’ Anthology
John J. Han, Editor
Haiku Society of America, New York

sun fades

sun fades
art on walls
and prints
on bookcases
in frames or
held in place
by some small
treasure

I take care
to preserve
yet also like
the thought
that in a way
each is then
unique to this

time and place

October 2019 and April 2015

Images: wpclipart

Autumn Memories

poems written
in a notebook
a post and perhaps
published again
years later

autumn garden
with the light and rest
some work complete
and always more to do
a new season begins

autumn memories
my mother often quoted
from literature she knew well
the Psalms, Shakespeare, novels
and even later when others
may not have understood
I knew what she was saying

Ellen Grace Olinger