Category: Tanka

Poems and Flowers

Karen’s Whimsy

We enjoy buying flower bouquets when we go to a store. As bouquets fade, we create new arrangements.

fog, green leaves
and beach grasses
a blue vase
with red carnations
by the window

Karen’s Whimsy

trimming the stems
of carnations
and giving them
fresh water
October sun

Photo by Karl
Ellen Grace Olinger

early morning

early morning
light on an old painting
in a new place

And I remember an older poem.

rearranging
art on the walls
cards, and small gifts
from friends
I see them anew 

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Creative Note: Time Of Singing poetry journal

I am reading poems from Time Of Singing, Volume 48 Number 2, Summer 2021. Lora Homan Zill is the Editor. Ken Gibble is the Contributing Editor for this issue. The photography is by Bobbie Rochow. Wind & Water Press is the publisher, from Conneaut Lake, PA.

These are some of my Fall poems that were published by Time Of Singing (TOS).

how gentle the wind
in predawn rose light
after the harvest moon
I begin October
with small and growing hopes

TOS, Fall 2012

late November
sun fills a glass
for a time

TOS, Fall 2013

my large print Bible
rests on the Thanksgiving tray
the bread of life

reading poetry
my coffee gets cold
guess I made it
for the fragrance

TOS, Fall 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

September days

September days
large bouquet
of chrysanthemums
from the store
this time

Karl and I went to Walmart in Sheboygan yesterday, and then enjoyed a meal at home.

Today I am reading from books I ordered from different small presses. I often read book reviews in journals.

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