Tag: Memoirs

reading memoirs

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin
February 23, 2015

All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku
Edited by Robert Epstein
Middle Island Press, 2019

old books from thrift stores

old books from thrift stores
with their art and history
someone’s name or a library
from a place far away
with an old card

a note written in the book
to encourage someone
or a gift for a special day
books that are new for me
and to read today

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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