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Poem and Images

lilac bushes
with fading leaves
in fall sun

beautiful today

with no worries
about whether or not
they will bloom


Perhaps a meditation on creativity over many years . . . as I have experienced both the fallow and fruitful years.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem from October 2014


These are some images from the recent Dover Design Sampler, courtesy of Dover Publications.


From Full-Color Decorative Repeat Patterns CD-ROM and Book


From Floral Ornament CD-ROM and Book

peaceful few hours


peaceful few hours
rereading old poems
in my archives

the weather
lake levels

books and words
photos and art
from days gone by

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Each month now, I hope to reread my archives from the same month, for previous years.  I began here in December 2009 and this is a wonderful journey.

Sometimes I see poems that I would like to share again.  I reblogged one of your favorites to Poems For Bulletin Boards.  I know many are beginning to prepare for a new school year.  I wanted to honor the various ways we experience the seasons, in this poem.

tiny changes
towards Fall
morning sky
the color of
robin eggs

The image in this post is courtesy of the Dover Design Sampler, from Butterflies (Dover Publications).


inch of new growth



inch of new growth
on large evergreens
sunrise by the water

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 1: 3 (KJV)

The picture of the wisteria is courtesy of the Dover Design Sampler; from Grasset’s Art Nouveau Floral Ornament CD-ROM and Book (Dover Publications).

I think I first heard of wisteria from reading Jan Karon’s novels.  She has written a new book, as I read at her official site.  I enjoyed her most recently published novel, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.

Blessings, Ellen



More violets from my recent yard photos.  At first this little area was a place to sit, and we put wood chips over the soil.  Then the flowers appeared and we let this small garden be natural.  I like reading in the house, with the windows open; and I became more careful about the sun as I grew older.


One yellow tulip by the side of the house is staying a long time, sheltered.

Every year is different.  A perennial that does not have its best year one year, returns to try again.

This photo by Karl from another year is one of my favorites: forget-me-nots, primroses, and ivy.

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These are from the Dover Design Sampler, courtesy of Dover Publications; free samples from Art Nouveau.