Category: Spring


Simple work in the kitchen. Grateful for good food and warm water to wash the dishes. I take my time and look at the yard. How the forsythia by the garage grew this year, and is tall, wide, and also reaches to the earth.

Poems from the archives:

forsythia leaves
covered with snow
in late Autumn
years of seasons
live in my heart

November 2014

all the more yellow
because of grey skies

May 2011

Short Poems: Remembrance and Hope

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Short poems from over the seasons and years:

harvested fields
plowed in hope
of Spring

Deep calleth unto deep *
filling my heart with hope
greater than my mind

The first line is from Psalm 42 (KJV).

yet from this ground
daffodils will grow

small snowdrops
continue to bloom

(Spring 2021)

My father was a veteran and history teacher. This year, I am growing a new interest in history. There are so many ways to learn.

Veterans Day 2021

Prayers for peace . . .

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Yesterday, I posted November Wisconsin Countryside, that was published by SMILE (out of print). Today I searched for other poems that appeared in this journal, created by Joyce M. Johnson. I appreciate how I can SEARCH the blog for posts that relate to a theme. Could be a season, garden journal, my study window; and in this post, SMILE and a few other publications.

gulls lifting
from the sand
corn an inch tall

SMILE (2009, 2010) and BELL’S LETTERS POET (2010)

primroses growing
from garden to lawn
deep decades of roots
strengthen my faith
for new dreams

SMILE, 2012

reading the poets
of my parents’
their voices

SMILE, 2010

They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku, edited by Robert Epstein (2017, Middle Island Press).

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

SMILE, 67, 2010

Take-out Window: Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham.

First real snow
last night
My heart lifts
January light

SMILE (WINTER 2000-01); and reprinted in SMILE (FALL/WINTER 2009-10).

Ellen Grace Olinger – November 2015

Saturday Poems

Saturday morning
lilies to plant
near the house

June 5, 2021

Saturday morning
sunrise reflections
in the window
where the spruce
tree grows

June 19, 2021

Saturday afternoon
yellow flowers
on a table in the sun

August 24, 2019

tree branches
and grey-white sky
a bowl of soup
and giving thanks

list of things to do
but not this moment

November 22, 2014

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day begins with silence

day begins with silence
work in the kitchen
prepare for a good day

sunrise so bright
and welcome

October days go by
Summer past
and Winter in sight

now though
Fall for awhile
furnace warms
the house

I look at books
and journals and
look forward to
more time to read

Spring, hope, renewal
always in our hearts

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