Tag: Memoirs

Winter Gardens

Poems from February 2021:

February garden
light on evergreens
covered with snow
I still know the words
from songs long ago

kitchen window
sun on the snowbank
by the garage

sun on the snowbank
where peonies and daylilies
will grow and bloom

old and new
music in the yard
bird songs

And this morning:

Winter gardens
poems with many meanings
what is past
all that is here today
and hope . . .

Birds on a Branch from Reusable Art

There is a Bird Images category at Reusable Art.

Bloganuary prompt for January 27, 2022

Where do you go when you need solitude?

My first thought when I read this prompt was my small study on the second floor. The window over my desk looks at the yard and garage. Trees, sky, seasons. Many poems through the years. I also enjoy early mornings, a chair by a window in the sunroom, and then work by the kitchen window.

Prayer and poetry. Art in different forms.

And solitude in my heart – perhaps a verse memorized. To keep solitude with me, to create some reserves. I have experienced the benefit of this in care settings, as both caregiver and patient. Some reserves of rest and strength in my heart. Simple daily life.

Be still, and know that I am God . . .

From Psalm 46: 10

Bloganuary prompt for January 19, 2022

Write about something mysterious.

M  any
 nspiring
D  ays
W  onderful and
E  ver more
S  ure of my
T  rust in His plan

Acrostic poem for MIDWEST

clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

different shapes
of the rose bush
and lilacs in the yard
they grew towards
the light

Laker in the Mist – Lake Michigan
January 2012 – Photo by Karl

Snowdrops in the Garden
April 2019 – Photo by Karl

Garden Rose
July 2019 – Photo by Karl

Garden Lilies and Ferns
July 2018 – Photo by Karl

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Bloganuary prompt for January 18, 2022

What book is next on your reading list?

The Psalms – from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150.

At Poems From Psalms And Nature, you can read/view our series from March 2020 – July 2020.

I began the series on March 17, 2020. I wrote:

As I was praying this morning, I thought I’d read the Psalms again. I read from various English translations. I thought I would simply post a verse or two here from many Psalms. And I’ll add a picture. For this series, I will quote from the King James Version. My goal is to offer some moments of rest, beauty, and hope.

My work with short poems also inspired how I presented these posts.

grey sky
mourning dove
on a birch tree branch

time with the Psalms
a dove on the branch
pictures a poem

And I will continue to write about books I am reading and rereading this Winter.

I am also sharing from Bloganuary posts here at the Psalms and Nature site. Thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Bloganuary prompt for January 17, 2022

What is a superpower you’d love to have?

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31 – 32

how small the song
of an unknown bird
quiet memories

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

breakfast and music
when a song begins
I know the words
Amazing Grace

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

“birds perch” was published in Time Of Singing (1995).

“morning prayer” was published in Take-out Window: Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham. My haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Bloganuary: January 6, 2022

Who is someone that inspires you and why?

Over the years, I have written about Luci Shaw. Her poetry and memoirs are excellent. For this post, I would like to write about two of her many books.

God in the Dark: Through Grief and Beyond, copyright 1989 by Luci Shaw, is now a classic book. I read her early memoir when it was first published. The copy I have here, as I write this post, was “Reproduced 1998 by Regent College Publishing, an Imprint of the Regent College Bookstore” in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Adventure of Ascent: Field Notes from a Lifelong Journey, copyright 2014 by Luci Shaw, was published by IVP Books, An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois. A book to reread as well.

Luci Shaw The Official Website – there is a lot to read and view here. For example:

About Luci “Luci Shaw was born in 1928 in London, England, and has lived in Canada, Australia and the U.S.A.”

Books

And some photos for my post today. Thank you.

Photo by John Napier on Pexels.com
Photo by Karl
Photo by Seb on Pexels.com
Photo by Kim van Vuuren on Pexels.com