Evergreen Trees

evergreen trees
with their branches
in May winds
through another
winter and green
and growing

resilient

some broken branches

interesting shapes

shelter for birds

the years show
and they are
beautiful as
they bless

today

wild_iris_graphic

Wild Iris Graphic is by Paul Sherman of wpclipart.

O Christ, Be Closer

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Cotoneaster

O CHRIST, BE CLOSER

O Christ, be closer
Closer than my afflictions, and
closer than my health
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my fears, and
closer than my hopes
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my solitude, and
closer than the crowd
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my failures, and
closer than my successes
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my nightmares, and
closer than my dreams
O  Christ, be closer
Closer than my memories, and
closer than my visions
O Christ, be closer
Closer than my life, and
closer than my death
O Christ, be closer

“O Christ, Be Closer” received the Nellie Flory Memorial Award from Explorer Magazine in 1998.

Reprinted in Time Of Singing (Winter 2015/16).

“O Christ, Be Closer” was given to me after major surgery and during recovery from a chronic illness.  I took the photos in the post yesterday.

reading a memoir
and then the view
outside today

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Lake Michigan