Tag: Bell’s Letters Poet

Trumpet Vines and Time

how the
trumpet vines
grew on the wall
of my mother’s home
like her faith
her unconditional love
when God said
“It’s time…”

August 11, 2010

My poem was also published in Bell’s Letters 135, February 2011.

Love endures and grows beyond grief. I am grateful every day.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo by Brad Wilkins on Pexels.com

Poems for the New Year

driving across
a new bridge
on an old road

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

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

Published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

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

A favorite blog poem

turning the vase
of flowers
there are
more roses

Published in Bell’s Letters Poet

The rose is courtesy of wpclipart.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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.


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

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

Poems and Photos

Winter North Beauty

these roads
I love these roads
over so many years

different views
of Lake Michigan

houses and barns
with one wreath
a few lights

fields at rest
and dairy farms

family restaurants
with good food
and service


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

Written for my father years ago, and published in Bell’s Letters. I still remember driving home and being given this poem.

There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casteth out fear…
We love him, because he first loved us.

I John 4: 18a and 19 (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Kiwanis Park
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
August 22, 2018
Photos by Karl