Tag: Found Art

Saturday

I take a break
from the news
and all the stories
that matter so much

and am blessed
by the sight
of tomatoes
in an old bowl

kitchen counter sun

February Collage

Hope you enjoy February Collage. This review of February years was a peaceful time of reflection, gratitude, and hope.

wind freeing the snow
from evergreen branches
waterfalls

My haiku is from February 28, 2011, and reprinted in Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014).

…to give unto them
beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise
for the spirit of heaviness…

from Isaiah 61: 3 (KJV)

Post from February 22, 2012

poems seen
that did not
get written
frost painting
on the side door

February 15, 2013

Lake Michigan beach
February 18, 2014
Photo by Karl

soon there will be
fragrance of flowers
from the yard
in Spring

today though
there is toast
and coffee

carnations
in a vase
by the window

and books
year-round

“Spring Egg” is courtesy of AntiqueClipart.com.

My poem is from February 26, 2015.

And I’ll pause from my February review and return to AntiqueClipart.com. Two more vintage images:

“As thy Days so shall thy Strength be.”

Lake Michigan
“Photo Challenge TIME”
February 5, 2016

I wrote, Even though the water, sky and beach are always changing, there are moments when time seems to rest a little.

February 10, 2017 – blue tarp on Karl’s trailer.

broccoli for lunch
in bright winter sun
days grow longer

February 2, 2018

The “broccoli banner” is courtesy of wpclipart.

Lake Michigan
February 1, 2019
Photo by Karl

sun shines
on the icicles
by my study window
good results today
from a medical test

February 18, 2019

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

Psalm 27: 14 (KJV)

The tulip pictures are courtesy of Reusable Art.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Acrostic Poem for AUTUMN

dore with no need for a moment to
nderstand this beauty
rust and
nderline with words, painting, photo . . . this
oment
ow and always

Found Art
Leaves on a brown tarp – Karl’s trailer
October 2017

Lake Michigan – October 2017

Photo by Karl – October 2011

Lake Michigan – October 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem and Garden Journal Photos

The following poem was published first in MIDWEST POETRY REVIEW, in 1994. 

PSALM 20

There are days
when everything seems a metaphor…
I persist with a bottle of salad dressing
that won’t open
Touch the childhood scar on my forehead
now blended with a wrinkle
Am comforted by cards and letters
sent at just the right time
Gaze at the blue heron who stayed
long into the Fall
And marvel at the migrating monarchs
on their way.

I ponder the limits of persistence
for the heron left one day
And feel wounds aging into wisdom
although scars do stay
Recognize “help from the sanctuary”
and read Psalm 20 once again
In wonder at these days when
everything seems a metaphor…

New dreams were growing all along
And would be tested true
I finally flew to embrace them too.

These are Garden Journal photos from a few past years. Some poems and photos are gifts. Perhaps I can call them FOUND ART. I also think of them as HAIKU PHOTOS.

September 2015

October 2015

November 2016 – I loved seeing the natural arrangements of leaves on the blue tarp Karl had on his trailer.

December 2018 – Cedar siding of garage

Poem and photos are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Garden Journal Photos

In 2015, I began taking photos often.  Then a pause, and I began again yesterday.  It was the right time.  These are a few of my favorites.

This photo from April 2015 is of primroses beginning to grow again, through leaves from the previous autumn.  What a hopeful image.

This photo from May 2015 shows fallen forsythia petals on leaves, with some light in the garden.  I realized that poetry helps me to see the photos already present and waiting in the garden.  

Lake Michigan – May 2016

September 2015

December 2017

December 2017

I am grateful to all who make it possible to have flowers from stores in winter.  This photo is from February 2018.  

And since I began this post with primroses beginning to grow, I would like to end with a photo of primroses in bloom by Karl (May 2010).  The old leaves, the new leaves, and the flowers are in one image.

Ellen Grace Olinger