Tag: Memoirs

Old Wood In The House

strong winter winds
old wood in the house
ceilings, floors, walls
startling me in the early hours
speaking to me this day

resilience
strength

the way
Hope holds

Ellen Grace Olinger
(2012)

leaves and trees

autumn leaves
some time for a caregiver
to rest in good care

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Years ago, when I was recovering from an illness, I was sitting by a window in Sheboygan.

The tall weathered evergreens across the road spoke to me.  A “haiku moment.”

The hard years showed, yet the trees had continued to grow.

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weathered trees
strong and beautiful
my time of healing

Ellen Grace Olinger

November rain

November rain
summer visits to parks
are memories

stored in photos
words
blog posts
archives

as a verse
from the Psalms
stays in my heart
during hard times
stored there
during easier
times

strength and beauty
for the soul

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

Psalm 18:1 (KJV)

Today – I love our months and seasons.  Some new health challenges this year, and all going well.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Evergreen Time

bells_1_red

N ovember
O pens to blue skies
V ery cold weather soon to
E ndure, yet many
M oments of
B eauty to
E xperience
R enewal each day

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ordering
a Christmas wreath
for my parents’ graves
even though I know
they are not there

*

L ove
E ternal
A nd
F orever

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years go by
leaves fall
time of rest
then rebirth
God’s time
not mine

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November Wisconsin countryside
Bare trees elegant against the sky
Colors in the landscape muted now
October’s glory is gone
And love grows eternally

SMILE
(Fall/Winter 2008 – 09)

SMILE, a large print poetry journal, was edited and published by Joyce M. Johnson for many years.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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Short Poems

spruce

driving across
a new bridge
on an old road
the miracles of
everyday life

(November 2012)

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

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cold
Lake Michigan winds
a tiny bird
seeks shelter
by the kitchen window

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grey beautiful sky
evergreen trees
and short days
soon to be decorated
with holiday lights

(November 2013)

Ellen Grace Olinger

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