Category: Time Of Singing A Journal Of Christian Poetry

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

Creativity Over Time – 5

REMEMBRANCE, LOVE, FAITH, HOPE

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
How love grows,
Mother

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

These two poems were published by Bell’s Letters.

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing, 2012

another year
has passed since
my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

L  ove
E  ternal
A  nd
F  orever

LEAF

light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

This was my poem in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.

Also published by:
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: Aug. 21, 2019

home from Sheboygan
grateful for the same roads
this long

Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
September 8, 2018
Photos by Karl

Other posts in this series:

Creativity Over Time
Creativity Over Time – 2
Creativity Over Time – 3
Creativity Over Time – 4

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creativity Over Time – 4

days grow shorter
gentle turning
of windmills

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

Time Of SingingFall 2012

late November
sun fills a glass
for a time

Time Of Singing, Fall 2013

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

family dinner
memories span decades
in minutes

sunrise clouds
years that passed too soon
are with me still

driving across
a new bridge
on an old road

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: Nov. 8, 2018

reading
in a sunny corner
of the house
I could be
any age

WestWard Quarterly
Winter 2016

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time…”

From Ecclesiastes 3:11a (KJV)

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

The Windmill drawing is by Walter Crane and is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Bleeding Hearts: Photo and Poems

This is another beautiful photo by Karl from yesterday.

Poems from my archives, inspired by bleeding hearts:

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.

AUTUMN GRACE

leaves of bleeding hearts
now gold
so do broken hearts mend
so does grief heal
Autumn grace

Published by Bell’s Letters Poet, SMILE, and WestWard Quarterly.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Books

This week I am rereading a poetry collection that we published with Time Of Singing in 2007: Welcoming Hope, Poems for those in need. The book may be ordered from the Time Of Singing books page.

The cover art is by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010), who also illustrated the book. Lora Homan Zill and I were editors. The TOS books page lists the featured poets.

The poems are timeless, and I am so grateful we were able to complete this book. Because of all that life has held since then, and new times now, I reread the poems and discover new meaning. And I am grateful.

Quiet Christmas Poetry, our large print chapbook, may also be ordered from the Time Of Singing books page. You can combine orders of both books, for the special price of 3 copies for 12 dollars. I know sometimes people also like to buy a book, and set it aside for a gift some day.

I have started a few new poetry chapbooks on my blogs, and have some drafts in my computer files. For now, I am letting these projects rest, and sharing what I have already been able to achieve. And posting my new “journal poems” here often.

Quiet Christmas Poetry began as a blog. Then Karl created the print book in 2014 from the site – all the content was there. The book was then printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Many ways to create.

Ellen Grace Olinger