Category: Time Of Singing A Journal Of Christian Poetry

small study

small study
sun reaches the painting
adds another layer

(based on a painting by Wendy Brightbill)

My poem was published in the new Time Of Singing, Fall 2021.

Lora Homan Zill is Editor of TOS, a print journal.

Daily Life These Days

Early morning, and I sit in silence for a time. An old haiku:

cup of coffee
by the water
this day to God

Lake Michigan water levels are at record highs.

Then I cook a healthy breakfast, and stay current with the news. Check my WordPress reader, and always so much art and hope here. I continue to follow the daily instructions from my Care Team. Grateful.

Sanctuary Series, 1985 is an interesting post from Art Discarded 2 “Art that has been tossed by the wayside and rediscovered.” I remember being at an art museum with my family when young. The colors.

I saw a robin in the yard this morning, and perennials grow again.

An email today from Charlotte at Madeleine L’Engle about a short story collection by Madeleine, The Moment of Tenderness, released today. The introduction is by Charlotte Jones Voiklis, who is Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter and executor of her estate. Madeleine’s books are good for this time, and always.

Another old haiku:

old photos
on my desk —
bleeding hearts in bloom

Published first in Time Of Singing (1994). Also reprinted with the poems selected for my Poet Profile at The Haiku Foundation. Billie Wilson was editor then and helped me with my page.

Patience, peace, home
Ellen Grace Olinger

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Meditation: Seasons

I was listening to music that recalled many years, and I remembered a verse from the Psalms.

They go from strength to strength . . .
From Psalm 84: 7 (KJV)

One of my early poems is “And So My Soul:”

Endurance is eloquent
And marigolds are
Admirable because
They bloom
So long

I wrote the poem in 1981, and it was published by Time Of Singing in 1991. You can read the poem in my post from August 10, 2019.

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For this post, I looked for a photo from each season at the WordPress.com Free Photo Library.

Encouragement: Poems and Photos

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need is a beautiful poetry anthology with Time Of Singing. The cover and illustrations are by Charles A. Waugaman. We published the book in 2007, and it has lasted. The themes are timeless and many poets are featured. Lora Homan Zill and I served as Editors. Please visit the books page at Time Of Singing, if you wish to know more about this book.

W  onderful time of
I  nspiration and
N  ew books
T  o
E  njoy
R  eading

WINTER ACROSTIC
January 21, 2011

tree branches
bowed to the ground
seemingly half-broken
covered with new leaves
my notebook of prayers

April 30, 2012.
Photo: wpclipart

more colors of blue
in Lake Michigan today
than I can name
the wonder of always learning
dreaming new dreams

Poem: March 13, 2012
Photo is from my post on June 13, 2018.

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing, 2012
Photo: wpclipart

Photo by Karl July 29, 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

warmth on a cold day

warmth on a cold day
sweaters and blankets
from thrift stores

warmth on a cold day
books and poetry journals
on shelves and a new book
on the kitchen table
from yesterday’s mail

One of the nice aspects of blogging is that I’ve learned of books by poets that are not always sold in stores – and we only have a few bookstores in our area. I also have ordered books recommended by notes and reviews in poetry print journals. Time Of Singing and WestWard Quarterly are two examples. Both journals have published poems from my blogs, and I am grateful. All works together.

I no longer review books, yet am grateful every day for the books on my shelves and by my chair. It is nice to have interests – blogs and books – that I know can stay with me through the years. When I have not been able to read, my heart has been full.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Orange Flower Border is by Margaret Armstrong
and courtesy of Reusable Art.

fragrance of leaves

I received the Fall 2019 Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry (TOS).

“fragrance of leaves” was published in this issue.

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

As noted in the journal by Editor Lora Homan Zill, my poem was previously published in They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku. Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press, 2017.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Art and Friendship

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

The card is a watercolor painting by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010). I created the still life arrangement and the photo is by Karl. I take good care of cards from Charles and other friends.

Charles A. Waugaman created this book cover and illustrated Welcoming Hope: Poems For Those In Need, an anthology we published with Time Of Singing (2007, Elin Grace Publishing). Copies may still be ordered from the TOS Books Page. The themes are timeless. Lora Homan Zill and I were Editors and Charles was Art Editor.

The picture at the beginning of the post is courtesy of The Dover Design Sampler, Dover Publications.  It is a sample from Crafter’s Cornucopia.

Ellen Grace Olinger