Tag: Hope and Beauty

Wisconsin Winters

asked here and there
if we go South
for a time

we stay


A poem last January, and we are settled for another winter. And I also know there could be a time to change. The winters can be very hard. I so love our four seasons, and watching carefully. Each month is different. The small strong snowdrops are the first perennials to bloom in our yard. One year, they were covered with new snow, and then there they still were, with their tiny flowers.

Years ago, I wrote this short poem. I remember how significant it was that I could write a poem.

First real snow
last night
My heart lifts
January light.

“First real snow” was published in SMILE (WINTER 2000-01); and reprinted in SMILE (FALL/WINTER 2009-10). With a lot of winter ahead, the light is already different. A unique beauty.

Reusable Art

With best wishes for the New Year.

Ellen Grace Olinger

a hard year a good year

a hard year
a good year

in the most
difficult times

always beauty

gifts and skills
of others

stars in the night

I set goals and make lists.  If possible, I focus on one task at a time.  I cannot achieve several things at once, as when young.  At least not now.  I am sure everyone varies.

This approach is working well.  With patience, over time, I can achieve a lot.  My list is shorter than it was some months ago.  In 2019, I will set some new goals.  I began the selection of blog poems for a print book.  Another idea I have is to create a mixed-media art journal.  And always to continue here.

the years
that were so hard
and yet
they gave me
my stories

home from Sheboygan
grateful for the same roads
this long

The day is thine, the night also is thine:
thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:
thou hast made summer and winter.

Psalm 74: 16-17 (KJV)


Ellen Grace Olinger

Thank you and blessings

Acrostic Poems for the Seasons

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


W  onderful time of
I  nspiration and
N  ew books
T  o
E  njoy
R  eading


S  pring
P  romises
R  enewal
I  nspiration and
N  ew
G  rowth


S  eason of
U  plifting
M  usings and
M  emories
E  ternally
R  eal


Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems: Memories

streets I used to travel
to go to Mom’s house
empty stores here and there
with signs of recovery
peaceful memories


holiday lights
in Port Washington
of driving back north
from my mother’s home
all those Sundays
years ago


sitting at my blog
grateful for friends
first snowflakes
gently fall
and rest on the roof

(2012 – still grateful)


in many

how love
may change
yet endures


Christmas carnations
in the vase
that used to hold
fresh flowers for Mom
each in turn
to bless us


mild December day
pheasants in the fields
apples still on some trees
poems to write
many books yet to read


Ellen Grace Olinger

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