Tag: Soul

always beauty

shapes of snow
rest on leafless
branches of trees

poetry books
art on the walls

painted fruits
and leaves
in an old bowl

a bright red sweater
I save for appointments
and meals in family places

the ageless beauty
that can only grow
from the soul

Three poems from my archives:

always beauty
wildflowers bloom
by the junkyard

sun-warmth
and letting my mind rest
robins teach me their song

all winter
flowers rested
in the earth
beauty begins
in the heart

Photo by Karl, 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger

rose clouds

Today I saw beautiful rose clouds at both sunrise at home, and sunset on the roads with Karl.  Then the holiday lights, which are so beautiful in the cities and towns.  The lights shine in a special way on the country roads, where there are no streetlights.

A little bit of light can go a long way.

Some of my strongest memories from driving back north from my mother’s home and a nursing home are the lights.  I also remember the contrast between the city and all the smaller roads I learned.  So often I reflected upon how the Milwaukee area felt comfortable because we grew up there.  Yet when I got north of Port Washington, I felt at home in my soul.

Ellen Grace Olinger

afternoon light

afternoon light
in my small study

shines on small gifts
from my mother
and aunt that I placed
on file cabinets today

a small gesture
that recalls their homes
and brings comfort
to my soul

listened to music
I’ve known for years

poetry books from friends

these many gifts
of each day

Ellen Grace Olinger

Interurban Trail, Town of Holland
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
August 26, 2018
Photos by Karl

blessings

poetry books
by my chair
a few snowflakes
music and silence

stir-fried vegetables
in olive oil this morning
cooked in my new
cast iron skillet

all the voices and designs
colors of fruits and vegetables

verses from Psalm 23 –
He restoreth my soul . . .
my cup runneth over . . .
goodness and mercy . . .

Ellen Grace Olinger