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Heart Poems – 2

Poems to follow my Bloganuary: January 8, 2022 post and Heart Poems post. Thank you.

old photos
on my desk —
bleeding hearts in bloom

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

more memories
sometimes than
my heart can hold
I select one or two
write a poem

reading a book
on a rainy day
peace in my heart

sometimes we know
a scene so well
we can see and hear
with our hearts
seawall seasons

Publication Credits:

“old photos” was published first in Time Of Singing (1994). Also reprinted with the poems selected for my Poet Profile at The Haiku Foundation. Billie Wilson was editor and helped me with my Profile.

“seasons repeat” has found many homes, including:
Mayfly, 58, Winter 2015 – Brooks Books Haiku
tinywords – 4 September 2015
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog – Daily Haiku: April 2, 2016
* Also selected for my Poet Profile at The Haiku Registry, The Haiku Foundation.
* The Signature Haiku Anthology, Including Senryu and Tanka. Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press, 2020.

Some poems are gifts.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Morning Glory Plate is from Reusable Art.

Heart Poems

Poems to follow my Bloganuary: January 8, 2022 post.

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

* The first line of my poem is from Psalm 42: 7 (KJV).

another year
has passed since
my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

tiny leaves
on trees
no prayer
in my heart
too small for God

early hours
of quiet and poetry
gardens overflow
and if some Winter
my mind forgets
my heart will know

“tiny leaves” is from my blog and reprinted last year:
Micro-poem by Ellen Grace Olinger – May 1, 2021
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Bloganuary: January 5, 2022

What is something you wish you knew how to do?

I would like to continue on this path, since December 2009 with this site, and improve my technical skills, and create small chapbooks from my posts. There are so many ways to grow with blogs.

This past year, I also enjoyed writing some Christmas cards, and was inspired by Violet Nesdoly in Canada. Her site is Violet Nesdoly author – writer – artist. I bought cards from her Etsy store. It had been some time since I sent handwritten cards. Karl and I wrote notes, over a few days. We also sent the photo of his Christmas Table to family and friends. Winters are long here, and we enjoy decorations for awhile.

I learned of Violet Nesdoly’s work a long time ago from Time of Singing, a print poetry journal.

One step at a time. Sometimes dreams are lost a little, or set aside for many good reasons, and they can be renewed. Daffodils bloom again. And good to have many interests. There are books on my shelves that work well at different times. Gratitude and Hope.

Posts that new readers may wish to view – and thank you for your visits. The Bloganuary 2022 challenge is off to a great start.

Achievement – 12 Years

Twelve years is a long time

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Twelve years is a long time

Twelve years is a long time. When I first began here in December 2009, I wanted to reprint a few poems and say thank you to the editors – perhaps send a few new readers their way. I was looking back at a chronic illness and surgery, and then the caregiving years with my mother, and then others in the family. My health experience made me a better caregiver. I learned that each hard experience makes us stronger for the next, if we can accept and learn.

When I was in the hospital in June 2018, I wondered if I would blog again. Slowly I began again, one slow step at a time.. A post that could be viewed in a few minutes could take a few hours to create, and lots of rest around the work. Now if I have thought about something for a time, I can write a post in a relatively short time.

Karl and I are both fully vaccinated. We had our booster shots and senior flu shots this Fall. We wear our face masks and practice social distance. Please stay safe and take good care.

When we lived in Illinois, I taught Sunday School for 12 years. Karl helped. Other places of work and education were for shorter periods of time.

I think about history and challenges each generation has to face. In my own way, I understand how we may think we are on one path, and then life asks something different of us. Down the road, there will be more depth and colors in one’s work. I cannot say I completely understand, but like my parents – who went through an economic depression. wars, and health challenges too – I have “big picture faith.”

Twelve years here – lots of changes and one post at a time. Times away, and hopefully some growth. A quiet Christmas here. Thank you.

And always the Psalms:

God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth,
thy saving health among all nations.

Psalm 67: 1 – 2

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