Short Poems for Lent


L ove
E verlasting
N ot
T emporary


morning light
forms part of a cross
on the wood wall
my faith completes
the picture


country graves
silk flowers bloom
by the stones


weathered trees
strong and beautiful
my time of healing


Blessed are they that mourn:
for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5: 4 (KJV)

roots in His Word
I will flower
again and again


Easter Lily photos are by Karl, 2010.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

beauty, joy, praise

…to give unto them

beauty for ashes,

the oil of joy for mourning,

the garment of praise

for the spirit of heaviness…

from Isaiah 61: 3 (KJV)


the years

Snowdrops – Ellen Grace Olinger

the years
that were so hard
and yet
they gave me
my stories


There have been new sorrows since last Easter, with passings of older family members and friends.  The perennials return in spring, and also picture Easter for me.  Some of you saw my new photo of snowdrops yesterday, on my primary blog, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.  They are telling me stories.  One year, they were covered with snow after they bloomed.  The snow melted, and they were still blooming.

Daily Prompt: Heal



Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows . . .

Isaiah 53: 4a (KJV)


country graves
silk flowers bloom
by the stones

childhood memories
of singing in the choir
Palm Sunday

colorful tulips
on a cold day
unconditional love


Poems: Ellen Grace Olinger

Picture: wpclipart





This is one of my older poems about loss and renewal.  I am meditating on how the Easter story inspires hope in everyday lives.


I want to live
in the deeper places

where flowers
always get to bloom
at their appointed time

and are loved as much
weathered and dormant
and covered with snow

I want to live
in the deeper places

where loss is felt
tears are cried and
night becomes a friend

and then loss
dies too
new life arrives again

Oh, I want to live
in the deeper places

* * *

Ellen Grace Olinger

Published in Time Of Singing, The Discerning Poet, and Bell’s Letters.

The pictures are by Kate Greenaway, courtesy of Karen’s Whimsy.