Category: Tanka

Three Poems

These poems were reprinted in the anthology, The Haiku Way To Healing: Illness, Injury and Pain (Including Senryu, Tanka and Haiga). Edited by Robert Epstein, 2022. Middle Island Press, West Union, WV.

I will share my poems again here in the same sequence as published in the book. I am grateful. The editor included the credit for our blog, and the dates, if readers wish to visit. The anthology is a print book, available from Amazon.

small green plant
in the sunroom
Earth Day

April 22, 2021

Spring poetry
journals in the mail
new season of art

April 24, 2021

books and music
from over the years
live on these shelves

even if I don’t
reread or listen again

somehow their
healing influence
is in these words

April 27, 2021; 2014

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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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Poems and Seasons

What color describes your personality and why?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 19, 2023

The colors of the seasons are beautiful. And with blogs, I learn more about colors and design. One day a bright color, another day grey.

spring colors
poetry journals and books
on a brown tablecloth

May 2022

bluebirds
truly so blue
trustworthy friends

June 2012

morning light
trees in sun
and blue sky

February 2022

forsythia
by the garage
and cedar fence
green and yellow
in the day’s light

by Ellen Grace Olinger

I am reading Luci Shaw’s new book, Angels Everywhere: Poems (2022, Paraclete Press). I have been reading her poetry and prose for decades. Luci Shaw The Official Website (Post from May 19, 2022.)

Memory and Poetry

Do you have a memory that’s linked to a smell?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 16, 2023

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

Time of Singing
25th Anniversary Volume
1998

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

Time of Singing
Volume 43, “Intermezzo”
Fall 2016

fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

“fragrance of leaves” is a poem from 2010 that has been reprinted a few times.

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

Time of Singing, Volume 46, Fall 2019.

Tanka by Ellen Grace Olinger, at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog, August 8, 2020.

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