Tag: Patience

three poems

more colors of blue
in Lake Michigan today
than I can name
the wonder of always learning
dreaming new dreams

September
on the horizon
all the goals
I can still
try to reach

Also true that I have revised my goals. Given everything lots of new patience, love, and time. Health first.

Poems and photos are from my archives. I love the grey days as well.

And a new poem:

growing well
the small plant we bought
after my hospital visit in 2018

Take good care.

Lake Michigan
August 22, 2016

Lake Michigan
August 27, 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

Saturday

I take a break
from the news
and all the stories
that matter so much

and am blessed
by the sight
of tomatoes
in an old bowl

kitchen counter sun

Creative Notes

I looked at my emails and received a message today from the
Aurora Health Care Foundation. I learned that Nurses Week is May 6 – May 12. We are grateful to help in our area. Grateful for care.

Another message was from Luther Manor in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. People we know have served and been cared for well there. The message today was about donations, so they can buy more iPADS to make Virtual Visits possible.

On April 28, 2020, I shared this Bible verse at Easter And Spring Poetry:

. . . whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.

Philippians 4: 8 (KJV)

Photo by Petr Ganaj on Pexels.com

early May

early May
robin visits
the cedar tree

warm Saturday
in early May
windows open

Ellen Grace Olinger

April to May

Snowdrops are beginning to fade. They lasted a long time this year. Small flowers, strong and resilient.

Green perennial plants are growing. The green is so beautiful, and we can wait for the flowers: daffodils, primroses, daylilies, hosta. Each their own schedule.

Listen To The Green by Luci Shaw is a book by my computer. My copy is the third printing; October 1978 (Harold Shaw Publishers; Wheaton, Illinois). Copyright 1971 by Luci Shaw. I still remember being so inspired by the thought of listening to a color.

Lake Michigan waves were powerful last night. Lake levels are at record highs. Karl said not to be surprised if the wood deck is washed away. It is still there today. Not afraid – our home is secure – higher up from the water and reinforced with rocks by a previous owner. We’ll add more protection too, along with neighbors. Such an unusual time, though, in many ways.

Today the water is a brown color, because the sand was stirred up by the waves. Reflections of clouds too.

So good to work in the kitchen, wash my hands often, and take care every day.

I posted two verses from Psalm 67 at Poems From Psalms And Nature. This phrase to share again here: “thy saving health among all nations.”

Tomorrow is May.

Grateful for snowdrops and the healing beauty of the gardens.

Haiku Photos at Home

These are more photos from my archives to share again. As I type, I think of haiku. A smaller form – or space – can lead to new ideas.

I read a lot, sometimes aloud. Many authors. Then perhaps I am more likely to think of a better word for a small poem.

The news, and then I see a cardinal in the yard. Daffodils and daylilies are beginning to grow, the early beginnings of new green.

These photos include treasures from thrift stores. I call some of my photos HAIKU PHOTOS.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Grateful at Home

I looked at my WordPress Reader and saw a post from the Mead Public Library Blog.

Mead Public Library is in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Of course, now they must be “Closed Until Further Notice.”

They have a page for Up-to-Date Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The libraries offer so much to their communities. I have memories of going to a library with my mother. I do not remember learning how to read. My love of the language arts has carried me through many life chapters.

This life chapter we all share.

These are photos I took at home over the years.

Ellen Grace Olinger