Category: Poetry

Language

What language do you wish you could speak?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 26, 2023

reading haiku
all the places we live
all we have in common

I was reading from Haiku Society of America members anthologies, and posted my haiku at Poems For Bulletin Boards last year.

As I wrote here, “I studied French when young, from 6th grade through the beginning of college at UW-Madison.  I remember singing carols in French” (December 24, 2014).

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Light and Seasons

What is a song or poem that speaks to you and why?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 25, 2023

summer evening
quiet music and
a few Psalms
new evergreen growth
still in the sun

The day is thine, the night also is thine:
thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:
thou hast made summer and winter.

Psalm 74: 16-17 (KJV)

Post from July 28, 2022

Many verses from the Psalms – the light and seasons today.

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Three Poems

How do you show love?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 24, 2023

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

January 23, 2018
You can also read another year: large print at Large Print Poems.

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

July 22, 2011
Time Of Singing, 2012

autumn leaves
the caregiver finds time
to rest

“autumn leaves” was the Daily Haiku for August 14, 2019.
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

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Encouragement

What’s a lie you tell yourself?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 23, 2023

I have read many books about creative work. As with bloganuary, there is encouragement to be creative and then confidence grows. I often say that my blogs are informal, because that means this is a place to practice and grow. Reading is important, and rest as well. Health first. I can see different creative chapters here over the years. Grateful every day. Thank you.

small study

What was your dream job as a child?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 22, 2023

My parents were teachers, and I enjoyed school and libraries. And art projects.

Since I began with blogs, I served as a volunteer in education at The Haiku Foundation and helped begin their Education Resources about ten years ago. Many teachers, poets, and scholars contribute their work. I am honored that one of my haiku was published in their first volunteer anthology. Here is my poem and the credits.

small study
and books to read
days with longer light

by Ellen Grace Olinger

“small study” credits:

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

Favorite Author

Who is your favorite author and why?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 21, 2023

Jan Karon’s novels are wonderful – characters, stories, craft.

Last year, I discovered The Mitford Museum site. The museum is in Hudson, NC and was founded by Jan Karon. The beautiful site includes more information.

And I have written often about poets, especially Luci Shaw. And I am also reading more books by Ted Kooser.

Many who create blogs also offer their books. Grateful for all. I also learn about poets and books from reviews in journals, including Time Of Singing and Modern Haiku.

These are only a few examples.

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