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Two Poems

Lake Michigan winds
a tiny bird
seeks shelter
by the kitchen window

more colors of blue
in Lake Michigan today
than I can name
the wonder of always learning
dreaming new dreams

Two poems to follow my recent post, Short Poems.

They are examples of writing from observations, and may inspire others. Many writers note what they see, and perhaps later can craft a poem. Sometimes I look back at posts and see that I have accurate notes about the garden, for example. Perhaps I can try a poem.

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Sometimes when I reread older poems and posts, I see how I can write a poem a little better now. I have read more, and I may think of a more precise or descriptive word. This can make a big difference with a small poem.

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And I may also discover a poem is better than I thought. Or If I try and make it “better” now, I might lose the heart of the poem as written then. I can always post both versions. Sequences of haiku about a theme can also grow over time. Or I can post different forms together – for example, haiku, tanka, and acrostic poems.

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Always more to learn, and I am grateful.
Ellen Grace Olinger

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Short Poems

Short poems about what I see through the seasons in Wisconsin USA – I can write a poem, revise later, perhaps add more details. Small achievements over the years that have seemed possible for me. Yet always more to learn. Reading is part of writing too. I hope to encourage writers of all ages, as I too practice.

On my first site, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin (December 2009 – the present), I am reviewing some work and reprinting poems. I follow the history of a poem, for example, from when I first wrote a poem for the blog, to later publications.

Thank you

September 14, 2022
Ellen Grace Olinger

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