Tag: Memoirs



slow travel
boat with lights
in the distance


L ove
I nspires
G oodness
H ope and
T ruth


Late November
barges with their lights on
travel along the Lake Michigan horizon
we leave low-energy lights on too
to say hello


the shortest day
of the year
in my heart


S erene and sure
T rust
A long the
R oad of faith


Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger, written over time.


Images: wpclipart

Shapes Of Snow

shapes of snow
along the evergreen

they stay there
on this morning
of little wind

sun on the birch tree
outside my window
and trees further away

so many seasons
and life chapters
in this little room

illness and new health
caregiving and griefs
healing and then
new challenges

the stability
of praying the Psalms
taking good care
receiving good care

creating new posts
my archives a journal
of growth and hope
beauty and trust

His ways beyond mine
and unconditional love

grateful to grow older
heart full of peace and


Blessings, Ellen

red leaves

red leaves
covered with snow
burning bush

new spring growth
on evergreens
now a part of the whole
and covered with snow

Ellen Grace Olinger

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


the way
Hope holds

Ellen Grace Olinger

leaves and trees

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


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.


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
blog posts

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

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


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


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


L ove
E ternal
A nd
F orever


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


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

(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.