Tag: Remembrance

Short Poems: Remembrance and Hope

The seasons inspire reflections about loss and renewal. We think about other people and their stories. A passing, a birthday, the beginning of what would be a last illness, a poetry journal or blog post that honors a poet’s work. For example, Carol Purington – I am grateful for the books her family completed for her.

I remember some of my poems over the years that may be an inspiration.

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

another year
has passed since
my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

as I look through
poetry books
from the last many years
some poets here
some poets there

turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

breakfast and music
when a song begins
I know the words
Amazing Grace

turning the vase was published by Bell’s Letters Poet.

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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History, Literature, Memoirs

I watch the news, and think of my parents, and the history they lived through. My father taught history, and my mother taught English composition and literature. Both volunteered after they retired. I am constantly learning more about history, as more stories are told and heard. Books written. Through literature, we can also understand more. There are novels and books of poetry on my shelves written from places I am not likely to visit.

My parents had “big picture faith” and majored in unconditional love. I was 29 years old when my father died, and 50 when my mother died. My brother’s passing was last year. We shall meet again.

And I am grateful for our blogs. I have learned of art online and books by contemporary authors and artists. This is a good way to grow.

This week we donated old clothes to the Good As New Resale Shop in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin.

Last year, we enjoyed giving copies of Quiet Christmas Poetry to Little Free Libraries in the general area. There is a Little Free Library site.

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

old paintings
words from my parents
still encourage me

beautiful with
and without flowers
vase from my mother

Images: AntiqueClipart.com

August days go by

August days go by
light on a lamp
in my study

water for begonias
and chrysanthemums

more days of summer
and gentle changes
in the light

photos of sunflowers
the field on the way home
from my mother’s home
years and years ago
gave me strength

I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

Psalm 18: 1

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Trumpet Vines and Time

how the
trumpet vines
grew on the wall
of my mother’s home
glorious
like her faith
her unconditional love
when God said
“It’s time…”

August 11, 2010

My poem was also published in Bell’s Letters 135, February 2011.

Love endures and grows beyond grief. I am grateful every day.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Still Life in Autumn

The card is a watercolor painting and gift
from Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010).
He lived in Vermont, USA.
All Rights Reserved.

Still Life Arrangement by Ellen.

Photo by Karl.


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