Tag: Memoirs in Beauty

Poem and Garden Journal Photos

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


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.


Beautiful flowers from Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly in Oostburg, Wisconsin.

Photo today
Ellen Grace Olinger

always beauty

shapes of snow
rest on leafless
branches of trees

poetry books
art on the walls

painted fruits
and leaves
in an old bowl

a bright red sweater
I save for appointments
and meals in family places

the ageless beauty
that can only grow
from the soul

Three poems from my archives:

always beauty
wildflowers bloom
by the junkyard

and letting my mind rest
robins teach me their song

all winter
flowers rested
in the earth
beauty begins
in the heart

Photo by Karl, 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger