Blue sky and trees

Blue sky and trees are the view from my study this morning. I read a few Psalms and listen for sounds of spring in the neighborhood. And then write a poem.

early morning
time to sit and watch
the light begin
cook breakfast
and wash the dishes
pray a few Psalms
along with many
near and far and
unseen by me
we pray together

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Short Poems for May

gulls lifting
from the sand
corn an inch tall

May 2010
Smile, 2009, 2010
Bell’s Letters, 2010

patterns on my floor
moving with the breeze
sun from the West
branches of leaves

May 2011
Time Of Singing, Spring 2011

in early May
tiny bird sings
on the branch
of budding lilacs

May 2012

blue skies and
willows turning gold
Mother’s Day

May 2013

another summer
art on the wall
by someone
long ago still
speaks to me

May 2014
Scarlet Dragonfly Journal, June 6, 2022

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

May 2015

new used-books
this year’s leaves
begin to grow
on the birch tree

May 2019

May sunrise
a few more flowers
on the Christmas cactus

May 2020

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: May 19, 2020

small flowers
near the kitchen windows
first hummingbird

May 2021

kitchen window
forsythia in bloom
and a daffodil in light

May 2022

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Review for April 2023

April begins
with rain and snow
always time
for poetry to grow

The Academy of American Poets began National Poetry Month in April 1996.

poetry books
by my chair
bird songs

During Holy Week this year, I read from Luci Shaw’s books published by Paraclete Press. I often return to Luci Shaw’s work.

spruce tree
and the moon
faith grows

Early Easter morning


Easter afternoon
snowdrops still bloom
in the sun

Scarlet Dragonfly Journal Issue 13 – April 2023

“earth heart” wpclipart

For Earth Day, I posted at Poems For Bulletin Boards: Happy Earth Day 2023. Perhaps a few ideas for bulletin boards and lesson plans.

Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970. You can visit Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day for more information.

And as I wrote in the last two posts, Time Of Singing poetry journal began Volume 50 with the Spring 2023 issue. TOS was one of the first journals to publish my poetry.

Thank you



APRIL 12, 2023

names and addresses

Yesterday I wrote that Time Of Singing poetry journal begins Volume 50 with the Spring 2023 issue. I remembered this poem.

names and addresses
for dear friends
no longer on earth
old address book

not yet written
in the overflowing book
cards and envelopes
with last known

still wanting to remember
what may no longer
be current – places I was
people I knew

Time Of Singing Spring 2018

“not yet written” and “still wanting to remember” were also published in All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (2019). Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press; West Union, WV.

Poem in this post is by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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garden notes

As April begins to look towards May, I can say that this year I see April in a new way. No longer winter, and not really spring yet here either. April. The month that begins with snowdrops and ends with forsythia where we live. Plants grow in the gardens. The perennials that flower in their time, and will call to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Last year, Karl planted more lilies, and thistles found more room to grow. Each day beautiful.

Photo by Karl – April 2023
Photo by Karl – May 2020