all the lovely voices
singing Silent Night
music and poems
sky the color
of morning glories
flowers on both sides
of the windows
Perhaps inspired by Joni Mitchell’s classic song, Both Sides Now. I am listening to Joni Mitchell The Reprise Albums (1968 – 1971). You can learn more about the Joni Mitchell Archives from the Joni Mitchell Official Website.
Both Sides Now is from Clouds, and other albums by Joni Mitchell.
Creative Notes: I wrote the poem for this post today. Poetry began for me earlier than I can remember, when I was growing up in a Lutheran church. I loved the Psalms, liturgy, and hymns.
Joni Mitchell’s Reprise Albums (1968 – 1971) go back to junior and senior high school years for me. I am grateful that Joni feels able to work on her archive series, and to all who help make this work possible.
Ellen Grace Olinger
books and music
from over the years
live on these shelves
even if I don’t
reread or listen again
is in these words
Ellen Grace Olinger, 2014
and songs without words
poems to read and photos to view
that are also poems
June 19, 2020
Photos by Karl – post from June 21, 2020
I look at the books and journals in our home and am grateful. There is a wide selection: poetry, memoirs, novels, books discarded by libraries, books from thrift stores, books given as gifts. Poets I’ve read for decades, and new poets in journals and who post on their blogs.
Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, by Joni Mitchell, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019; and is a beautiful book. She wrote a forward in May 2019. And she is as grateful as ever.
Poetry called to me from the Psalms, and the hymns, from church. Then when I was young I heard Joni Mitchell, and other artists. I could write too!
sun fills a bookcase
from my father
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today the calm beauty
I’ve known all my life
on the radio
We’ve had strong winds, and Lake Michigan waves splashed up into our front yard, tossing some wood that was drifting in the water. We are high enough above the lake, our shoreline was reinforced years ago, and so we are safe. It’s a different scene with the water this high, and no beach.
Karl took this photo on January 11, 2020.
Ellen Grace Olinger