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“the bread of life”

My Journal Poems

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my large print Bible
rests on the Thanksgiving tray
the bread of life

John 6: 35 (KJV):  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:  he that cometh to me shall never hunger: and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

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birds perch
in sheltering branches –
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31 – 32

(Published in Time Of Singing, 1995)

FallBouquet 011Northern sun
shines on frozen beach
still the days grow shorter
shadow of poinsettia
on the wall

(Quiet Christmas Poetry)

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Photos by Karl

Poems by Ellen Grace Olinger

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Snow melting

My Journal Poems

Snow melting

                in March . . .

                                my mother’s new smile

Ellen Grace Olinger

Published in Time Of Singing(Vol. 30, No. 1; Spring 2003).

Memories from the caregiving years bless me.

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Deeper Places

DEEPER PLACES

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 first in Time Of Singing (2003)

“the bread of life”

FallBouquet 001

my large print Bible
rests on the Thanksgiving tray
the bread of life

John 6: 35 (KJV):  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:  he that cometh to me shall never hunger: and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

FallBouquet 004

birds perch
in sheltering branches –
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31 – 32

(Published in Time Of Singing, 1995)

FallBouquet 011Northern sun
shines on frozen beach
still the days grow shorter
shadow of poinsettia
on the wall

(Quiet Christmas Poetry)

100_1477

Photos by Karl

Poems by Ellen Grace Olinger

Time Of Singing Fall 2015

Poems From Psalms And Nature

Today I am reading the new issue of Time Of Singing; edited by Lora Homan Zill and published four times each year by Wind & Water Press.

The Fall issue includes book reviews, and I had the privilege of reviewing DAYSTARReflections Prayers and Poems by Betty Spence.  I highly recommend her book and there is more information at Betty’s site.

You can also visit Time Of Singing on Facebook.

Lora Homan Zill’s site is the blue collar artist.

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An old poem, 1981

marigold

AND SO MY SOUL

And so my soul
Spills over
Into print again
As the sun spills
Over flowers
And the neighborhood
Sleeps

Endurance is eloquent
And marigolds are
Admirable because
They bloom
So long

Oh, my heart
Is tender
Yet God keeps it
Strong
And so my soul
Spills over
Into print again

I wrote this poem in 1981, and it was published first in Time Of Singing, in 1991.

The marigold is courtesy of wpclipart.  And also this sunflower:

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Salvaging Hope by Charles A. Waugaman

SALVAGING HOPE

Like truth out of living
I salvage blueberries, one by one,
From the tangled mat of the meadow.
Small as they are,
The grasses fight for them,
Vetch maneuvers in camouflage,
And wild rose claws at my wrists.
Birds spy from the hedgerow
And sing indifferent melodies
Hoping to lure me away
From their succulent repast.
Why this surprising demand?
Blueberries are wealth:
They are something of sun
And something of soil;
They are sky and wildness;
Beauty and wine,
Winnowed from weedy worthlessness,
Blueberries glow in my palm
As welcome … as hope.

By Charles A. Waugaman, all rights reserved.

This poem appeared first in Jean’s Journal Anthology, These Are My Jewels, 1974Also in Fruit by the Sea, 1976 by Charles A. Waugaman; First Edition, The Partridge Press.

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In 2007, this poem was published in Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need (Elin Grace Publishing).  Lora Homan Zill and Ellen G. Olinger, Co-Editors.  Charles A. Waugaman, Art Editor and Illustrator.  If you wish more information, please visit the books page at TIME OF SINGING.

Post updated on August 15, 2015