Work-In-Progress: Chapbook From This Site

This page is a work-in-progress, for a large print chapbook.  The design will be similar to Quiet Christmas Poetry.


Thank you


Lake Michigan in Wisconsin
Early Spring

turning the vase
of flowers
there are
more roses

* * *

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

* * *

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

Isaiah 53: 4a

* * *

cold so very cold
yet sunrise colors
show me flowers
that will bloom

* * *

Wisconsin spring
sandhill cranes
in a field of snow

* * *

reading the Gospels
a few verses at a time
raindrops on branches

* * *

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

Matthew 5: 4 (KJV)

* * *

roots in His Word
I will flower
again and again

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gift of faith
during my hardest years
lights down the beach
moon and stars at night

* * *

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

* * *

Spring gardens
return to life


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

* * *

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

* * *

blue sky
with cotton clouds

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tree branches
bowed to the ground
seemingly half-broken
covered with new leaves
my notebook of prayers

* * *

weathered trees
strong and beautiful
my time of healing

* * *

two red tulips
lean towards sun
perennial friends


one red tulip
blooms in the hosta border
time alone with God

* * *

Holy Week
lily flowers
wait to bloom

* * *

childhood memories
of singing in the choir
Palm Sunday

* * *

Good Friday
shadows of trees
on the road

* * *

E  ternally
A  dored
S  avior
T  ruly
E  ternally
R  isen

He is not here; for he is risen, as he said.

Matthew 28: 6a (KJV)

* *  *

colorful tulips
on a cold day
unconditional love

* * *


The Bible verses are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Poems by Ellen Grace Olinger and photos by Karl Olinger.

Poems published in journals:

“Holy Week” – Time Of Singing 2014

“seasons repeat” – Mayfly 2015, Brooks Books Haiku

“turning the vase” – Bell’s Letters Poet No. 131

Poems published in books:

“morning prayer” – Take-out Window: 2014 Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham.  Haiku Society of America.

“Wisconsin spring” – This World: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2013, edited by Carolyn Coit Dancy.  Haiku Society of America.


“seasons repeat,” “Holy Week,” “Wisconsin Spring,” and “morning prayer,” are reprinted on my poet page; at the Haiku Registry, edited by Billie Wilson, at The Haiku Foundation.

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Some photos from my Garden Journal (2015) that I may add to the book: