Tag: A Patient’s Story

Poems and Photo

rarely at your grave —
geranium blooms freely
on your workshop stool

Modern Haiku, Fall 1996

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions Series, 2010
Edited by Curtis Dunlap

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: July 11, 2017

paintings of trees
on old pine walls
quiet music

Four Hundred and Two Snails
Haiku Society of America
Members’ Anthology 2018
Nicholas M. Sola, Editor

cross-stitch from the
grandmother I didn’t meet:
“Put the coffee on”

Parnassus Literary Journal (2004)

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions, haiku series edited by Curtis Dunlap.

My haiku was also posted on March 29, 2015, as part of the Daily Haiku series at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

willows weep and yet
how strong the branches
that hold their tears


Deep calleth unto deep . . .*
filling my heart with hope
greater than my mind


* from Psalm 42: 7 (KJV)

Poems and photo are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Poems and Bible Verses

shapes of clouds
and sunrise sky
so many memories
sometimes and the
beauty of today

These are a few of the Bible verses that stay with me through the years. When I was young, I taught Sunday School and loved theology. For a long time, my faith has been devotional – strength, endurance, hope, and also more joy. Poetry is part of a life of contemplation and growing gratitude. Key word there is growing – always room to learn. So happy to be one of so many people who are blogging, offering hope and beauty. Trying new ideas, being creative, and making the day a little better for someone else.

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

Psalm 27: 14 (KJV)

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power may be of God
and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4: 7 (KJV)

The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms

from Deuteronomy 33: 27 (KJV)

A few acrostics, which readers seem to especially enjoy.

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

LIBRARY
WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2018

L  ove
 xpressed
T  ranscending
T  ime
E  verlasting
R  emembrance of
S  ouls

LETTERS

S ilence
E nlivens
A nd
S olitude
O pens
N ew thoughts

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose
under the heaven . . .

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 (KJV)

SEASON and the Bible verse from Ecclesiastes are from our large print book, Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Photo of Lake Michigan is from August 2015.

Ellen Grace Olinger

hosta plants grow

hosta plants grow
around the ash tree stump
an abundance of health
and new green

as if to say
we knew you would not
last the storm
we are here

there is new beauty now
new hope and a new time

Journal Poem
May 24, 2019
Ellen Grace Olinger

last year this year

last year
I missed seeing
daffodils in the yard

they bloom for all
sheltered and strong
by the house

this year
I make a special effort
to see them again

to be sure not to miss them

tulips seem gone
perhaps can plant again
in the fall

and along the old path
primroses

Journal Poem
May 22, 2019

from my archives:

they ask to be
in this poem
daffodils

sunrise
daffodils bowed by rain
recover

Image: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

lovingkindness

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.