Category: Seasons

three haiku

old paintings
words from my parents
still encourage me

beautiful with
and without flowers
vase from my mother

paintings of trees
on old pine walls
quiet music

“paintings of trees” was published in Four Hundred and Two Snails, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2018, edited by Nicholas M. Sola. You can visit the Haiku Society of America site.

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seasons speak

seasons speak
their own language
cold days here
and yet the light
tree branches
in wind and February
next week . . .
reading poetry
and more light
falls on journals
across the room
to read and reread

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Poem and Photos

cold day
yet bright sun
and no wind
we go to Sheboygan
one way and drive home
another way
beloved roads

We went by the Greenwing Drive retention ponds, and I recalled photos by Karl.

Greenwing Drive retention ponds
Sheboygan, Wisconsin – July 2018
Photos by Karl

Bloganuary prompt: January 10, 2022

What are 5 things you’re grateful for today?

This is a quote from Ann Voskamp from my post, Grateful, on November 28, 2019, along with my thoughts.

 “Little nails and a steady hammer can rebuild a life – eucharisteo precedes the miracle.”

Selections from One Thousand Gifts: Finding Joy in What Really Matters by Ann Voskamp (2012, Zondervan; author copyright). The quote is from page 31. The “Interior photography” is also by Ann Voskamp.

In April 2013 I wrote, The goal is to always find something to praise – however tiny.  It’s interesting as I type this, I recall such vivid images of beauty outside the windows during difficult days.  I didn’t think of myself as having that visual sense before.  Now it is appearing in my poetry, as a natural part of life.

And today’s question from The Team at WordPress.com: What are 5 things you’re grateful for today? Since it is very cold today, my first thoughts are: our home, power, water and food, warmth, lights. And I can blog – which leads to health, vision, computer and internet, Karl’s help, WordPress.com and community.

I do not take anything for granted.

Once you begin with gratitude, the list grows . . .

As I wrote yesterday, teamwork.

Given the weather, I also think of Habitat for Humanity “We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.” And many other good works.

yesterday afternoon
for a short time
sunny and cold
the evergreen
branches in wind
inspired thoughts
of Spring
and then the day
grew grey as it
ended and Winter
here for awhile
with gratitude

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Two Short Poems

Poems to follow my Bloganuary post for today:

before dawn
and careful
not to disturb
the deer – long
Winter for them too

before dawn – March 7, 2015 post

small deer
cross the frontage road
on their own now

“Yesterday – plenty of room for them to be safe, with a small forest on the other side.”

Small Deer – August 6, 2021 post

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