Tag: Music

new space

new space
on a few shelves
donated books

I enjoyed creating a collection of books for Goodwill. History, memoirs, letters, biography, inspirational, novels, and poetry books were included. A book may belong to more than one category (history, biography, memoir).

Reading about another person’s journey can be a great encouragement. There may be a long time between books. I may read a poet and admire craft – and then the poet shares about many revisions. And sometimes the art is simply a gift. So this is a good time of reflection as well.

Now I am thinking about music, and small press books and poetry journals. For example, I have Christmas CDs by Amy Grant – maybe I will donate one CD. And I have more than one copy of some journals – perhaps received an extra copy as payment for work or a donation – and can share with others.

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sometimes

I reread a few poems
by different poets,
and remember
when I read them before

or listen to a few songs
from different albums
and artists, and remember
when I listened before

and new meaning today


books and music

books and music
sunlight on autumn leaves

Creative Note: the Joni Mitchell Official Website announced that she has begun a new series, the Joni Mitchell Archives.

Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, by Joni Mitchell, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019. She wrote a forward in May 2019.

Meditation: Books and Journals

I look at the books and journals in our home and am grateful. There is a wide selection: poetry, memoirs, novels, books discarded by libraries, books from thrift stores, books given as gifts. Poets I’ve read for decades, and new poets in journals and who post on their blogs.

Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, by Joni Mitchell, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019; and is a beautiful book. She wrote a forward in May 2019. And she is as grateful as ever.

Poetry called to me from the Psalms, and the hymns, from church. Then when I was young I heard Joni Mitchell, and other artists. I could write too!

Monday afternoon
in March
sun fills a bookcase
from my father

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Wisconsin winter

Wisconsin winter
today the calm beauty
I’ve known all my life
classical music
on the radio

We’ve had strong winds, and Lake Michigan waves splashed up into our front yard, tossing some wood that was drifting in the water. We are high enough above the lake, our shoreline was reinforced years ago, and so we are safe. It’s a different scene with the water this high, and no beach.

Karl took this photo on January 11, 2020.

Ellen Grace Olinger

once unknown to me

once unknown to me
now memories
of comfort and rest
and new today
quiet songs

George Winston, Helen Jane Long, and many other wonderful artists – when someone’s work stays new, what a gift. And the miracle of learning something new.

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