Tag: Haiga

Art, Books, Poetry

Today I am reading a new book:

The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology (Including Senryu, Tanka, and Haiga). Edited by Robert Epstein (2020, Middle Island Press).

Some readers may remember this haiku, which is reprinted in the book.

looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends

My haiku was first published at Poems From Psalms And Nature
on May 16, 2012.

Karl and I reprinted the poem in Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014).

I am grateful to see how a poem can last, be read again, and shared in new ways.

Ellen Grace Olinger

creative notes


I took this photo of our snowdrops yesterday.  They are small flowers and they grew well this year.  Years ago, I began leaving the leaves from the fall in the gardens.  Perhaps they provide some help in our cold Wisconsin springs by Lake Michigan.  During the years when I drove to Milwaukee every weekend to help with my mother’s care, I saw all the flowers bloom there, then here.  A double blessing.

One year, the weather was warm then cold, and that was hard for the apple orchards.

The garden seems to teach many lessons.  One lesson I learned was to let go of what worked in another state, and learn where I am now.  Some years are better than others, and there are losses too.  The ferns were affected by drought one year, but returned the next.


The Haiku Foundation published a new gallery, Haiga of Ion Codrescu.  I am grateful for his painting for my poem, and will let you read more about his work and view this wonderful gallery at The Haiku Foundation.

after the stores
ornamental grasses
in snow

Ellen Grace Olinger

Monday morning

Yesterday we went to Arabella’s Family Restaurant in Sheboygan.  Soon I’ll qualify for the Senior Menu, and we’ve been going there for years.  I remember how my father loved the reduced prices at some places when he became a “senior.”

There were a lot of challenges when we first returned to Wisconsin, and their gift to me now is profound gratitude for everyday life.

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The Sketchy Poet, Where Wendy Sketches her poems in haiga style, is another favorite site.

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One of the things I love about WordPress is their many themes.  I changed two of my small sites to the new Lingonberry theme.  The very name recalls my Swedish Nanna.  These sites are Poems From Psalms And Nature and Haiku Prayers – Poetry And Other Art.  My few art supplies are back on my file cabinet, and I shall see what I may be able to create again.

Saturday Note

In December, I mentioned that my haiku

after the stores
ornamental grasses
in snow

was selected by Ion Codrescu for a new book published by Red Moon Press.

We created a special post for the book on my Haiku Prayers site.  It includes three of Ion Codrescu’s paintings, with permission; including his haiga for my poem.

The title of the post is the title of the book:  Something out of Nothing, Original Haiku of North American Poets, interpreted by Ion Codrescu.