Welcome to tinywords 19.1

We begin our 19th year with an international crop of daily poems that will take us deep into the dog days of summer here in the northern hemisphere. For this issue’s background image we share this other-worldly photo of the ArtScience Museum on the island city-state of Singapore. We think this strikingly spare architecture reflects the similar qualities for a successful small poem.

Congratulations to Carole MacRury and Ellen Grace Olinger who jump-start the issue with their winning poems inspired by Jay Sterling Austin’s “Marigny Vernacular.” Their poems are featured below.

Thanks to tinywords Assistant Editors Polona Oblak, Ruth Holzer and Brad Bennett for their thoughtful reading. Also to founding editor Dylan Tweney who continues to be an integral part of the tinywords editorial team.

Here is to another year of hope and love and thanks — all tiny words that inspire many of the fine poets that follow.


Kathe L. Palka
Peter Newton
Editors, tinywords



from the house
with three red doors 
. . . jazz riffs
          ~ Carole MacRury


Wisconsin winter 
I add a few more colors
to a blog post     
          ~ Ellen Grace Olinger

17 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!! :-)

    warmest regards,

    Call of the Page

  2. Mike Schoenburg Says:

    Boca Raton winter
    the palm trees are going
    coco-nuts ??

  3. Arlene Teck Says:

    on Saint Patrick's Day
    crocus points

  4. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Thanks to the tinywords editorial team for continuing to host such a great venue for short form poetry – and well done to Carole and Ellen, whose work always inspires!

  5. Peggy Bilbro Says:

    softening the corners
    brick on brick

  6. janewilliams Says:

    Beautiful, both!

    coloring my world all the tunes I never learned

  7. Natalia L Rudychev Says:

    Truly enjoyed the work by Carole and Ellen!

    Hudson River

    both ways

    to spring

  8. Mary Jo Balistreri Says:

    Well done Carole and Ellen.

    Warmest wishes,

  9. Helen Buckingham Says:

    Congratulations to you both…..Carole's was one of my favourites!

  10. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    Congratulations Carole and Ellen! I loved both of these.

    early spring
    the long wait for the wind
    to quiet down

  11. Debbie Feller Says:

    Wonderful work, dear Carole and Ellen! Yay!

    door wreath of
    pastel eggs
    longing for deeper hues

  12. Kashinath Karmakar Says:


  13. Ellen Grace Olinger Says:

    Thank you to the Editors and everyone here. I remember the early years and Dylan Tweney's vision for tinywords. And now your 19th year begins. Best wishes, Ellen

  14. Jan Says:

    Such ajoy.
    Well done Ellen, too
    Jan in Texas

  15. Carole MacRury Says:

    Thanks all! A nice surprise while on vacation and especially happy to share it with Ellen. Lovely haiku Ellen! :-)

  16. terry493 Says:

    so many stars –
    last year's roses
    ready to bloom

  17. Gaby Bedetti Says:

    Carole and Ellen's haiku, so rich yet effortless

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