Category: The Psalms

Autumn Memories

poems written
in a notebook
a post and perhaps
published again
years later

autumn garden
with the light and rest
some work complete
and always more to do
a new season begins

autumn memories
my mother often quoted
from literature she knew well
the Psalms, Shakespeare, novels
and even later when others
may not have understood
I knew what she was saying

Ellen Grace Olinger

summer evening

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)

old books from thrift stores

old books from thrift stores
with their art and history
someone’s name or a library
from a place far away
with an old card

a note written in the book
to encourage someone
or a gift for a special day
books that are new for me
and to read today

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Rain Today and Notes

Rain today. Good to listen and read.

I am reading from The Unexpected Weight: The Haiku Society of America Mentorship Program Anthology 2021. Jay Friedenberg, Editor. Ignatius Fay, Interior Design and Layout.

At POEMS FROM PSALMS AND NATURE, I am working on a new series, that builds upon our series from March 2020 – July 2020. In 2020, the posts were short selections from all 150 Psalms, with pictures. This year I am working with words and themes. One post leads to another. Two recent posts are: my hope and trust (from Psalm 71) and “my hope is in thee” (from Psalm 39). The Psalms may be familiar to some readers and new for others. I let the verses speak for themselves. Universal themes.

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A Poem For April

a poem for April
from a small town
by Lake Michigan
our Great Lake
in Wisconsin

not Winter
because of the light
and snowdrops
yet not really
Spring

like the time
when a project
is almost complete
a special day
almost here

New poem today

My post for the Bloganuary prompt for January 14, 2022 was for the prompt, Write about a challenge you faced and overcame. I quoted from the Psalms.

Wait on the LORD:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 27: 14

My post also relates to the WordPrompt for April – GREEN.

And Earth Day is April 22.

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WordPrompt: Bridge 2

This post follows my post March WordPrompt: Bridge, from March 9, 2022.

I am listening to Spellbound, by Judy Collins (2022, Cleopatra Records). Beautiful.

And I think about how music builds bridges in so many ways. People and places. Also over times in a person’s life.

I listen to many artists, and their voices and poems are a part of life and memory and new hope. Voices may change. Some are no longer with us on earth. Creative work changes. And then to create in new ways – for example Joni Mitchell and her work with her archives. How hard they all work, over decades. So grateful.

In past posts, I have written about how poetry began for me with church and the Psalms. Then the artists and music. The Psalms continue as well – and now my new Bible with larger print, and new reading glasses. One day at a time, prayers for peace.

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