Tag: A New Spring

Creative Notes and Poems

I received the new WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading (Spring 2019). Shirley Anne Leonard is the Editor, and Dr. Richard Leonard is the Publisher. They kindly published the small ad Karl and I wrote for this blog. We invite readers of WestWard Quarterly to visit.

These are a few of my poems from WestWard Quarterly, that were published there over the years. This is a print magazine, with a website.


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

(also published by Bell’s Letters Poet and SMILE)

and planning
the week
what will grow
what should rest

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

Ellen Grace Olinger


Yesterday, as I was reading The Psalms, I especially noted the word lovingkindness. This morning I looked up a few examples of verses.

How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!
therefore the children of men put their trust
under the shadow of thy wings.

Psalm 36: 7 (KJV)

Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord:
let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

Psalm 40: 11 (KJV)

Yet the Lord will command
his lovingkindness in the daytime,
and in the night his song shall be with me,
and my prayer unto the God of my life.

Psalm 42: 8 (KJV)

Orange and Pink Roses are by Ida Waugh, and courtesy of Reusable Art.

Creative Notes: Flowers and Time

morning time
many flowers
in my WordPress

that will bloom
here too
in time

During the years I drove to Milwaukee to help with my mother’s care, I saw many flowers bloom there, and later here. The drive back and forth was interesting and beautiful.

I am grateful I can observe in so many ways . . .

and I am then more sure as I write about what I see. Nice to be able to look back at posts and remember dates, from year to year.

And here, we will see flowers in town and other nearby places, before by Lake Michigan. Spring takes time, and then stays for a time.

From May 2014:

spring in town
dandelions bloom
by the hardware store

Daane Ace Hardware Store
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Ferns – May 19, 2011
Photo by Karl

Peony – July 2, 2018

This photo of Lake Michigan is from May 12, 2016.

Flowers from a store – February 2019
Very grateful for this beauty all year!
And always the light to observe.

Ellen Grace Olinger

many books

many books
in my life and
poems to ponder

then time to reflect
and write the poem
that only I can write

tulip in a garden
of daylily leaves

Ellen Grace Olinger – May 2015

Image: wpclipart

Spring Poems and Photos

all the more yellow
because of grey skies

May 2011

by grace we try
to keep a promise
finish a project
monarch butterflies
back in Wisconsin

May 2012

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

May 2012

sharing our stories
lilies of the valley
grow from one
garden to

May 2013

Spring’s steady pace . . .
warmth of daffodils
in Sheboygan

May 2014

daffodils bowed by rain

May 2015

New peonies, daylilies, and forysthia by the driveway – May 2016

Forget-me-nots – May 2017

and now
many gifts
to see and offer
with grace
a new Spring

Ellen Grace Olinger