Category: Poems Of Remembrance

long ago . . . and today

long ago
and remembered today
my father’s birthday

My father was born in 1915, and I often think of the history he and my mother lived through. His parents came here from Sweden.

A peaceful day here. Routine work around the house.

Photo by Anna on Pexels.com

two poems

we wait and watch
the train go by
in our small town
memories of my
Swedish grandparents

My grandfather worked on the railroad, and I remember my grandmother’s kitchen!

train lights
and late afternoon
grey sky
Autumn begins
tomorrow

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Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Once Upon A Time

once upon a time
my mother and I spent
so much time
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I remember her love
of flowers and all the colors
and the Bridal Wreath
bushes in bloom

once upon a time
love grows and endures
my great lesson
and hope

and gifts from
the seasons and yard
every year

The photo is from June 19, 2019, and the poem today.

This is another photo of the hawkweed by Karl today. There is a lot this year. He mows around the flowers while in bloom.

Ellen Grace Olinger

they can return

they can return
in new and different ways
some of the things
thought lost

my mother and I were
closer in her old age
though we always loved
language and books

a past illness led to me
simply sitting with her
for hours as that was
something I could do

conversations
the trust that grows
through decades
of unconditional love

now sometimes
these many years
since her passing
I remember what she said
and the advice still applies

Ellen Grace Olinger