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Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are filled with poetry, but I also share short stories, photography, and a few surprises along the way. You are invited to sit a spell and find something you like.  I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing.  You are welcome to like, comment, follow, share, or reblog a post.

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While much of my poetry shares faith-based themes, there are moments when my writing ventures into other realms.  Today’s post offers such an opportunity, and you are invited to read more in “Nighttime Stardust.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on September 29 in From My Journal.  While Big Sky Buckeye enjoys writing poetry and short stories, much of his journal writing is inspired from reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts.

You are invited to read a quote updated on September 29 from thoughts found in the words of American writer George A. Baldwin.  His words encourage each of us with his own unique look at life’s truths.

Here’s my Baker’s Dozen, featuring 13 of my recent writings from the past couple of weeks.  Each post is linked to take you right to its location.  Other poems, short stories, and feature writings can be found in the archives (found at the top of the page), which will be updated frequently with past selections.  Enjoy!

Testament’s Witness (Elfchen Series #120)

Blessing

Baptismal

Mountainside spring

Filled with healing

Thirsty heart now restored

Waters

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Caring 

Receiving

Christ’s love

Following faithful steps

Paying forward to others

Compassion

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Saving

Brokenness

Jesus builds

Redemption’s eternal bridge

Between sin and God

Living

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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Origen of Alexandria Quote

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What good does it do me if Christ was born in Bethlehem once if He is not born again in my heart through faith.

From 1 Peter 1:  22-24:  “Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual affection, love one another deeply from the heart.  You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.  For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.  The grass withers, and the flower falls.”

Origen of Alexandria (c. 185 – c. 253) was also known as Origen Adamantius.  He was a Christian scholar and theologian who spent the first half of his life in Alexandria (Egypt).

Nighttime Stardust

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Night after night

Scanning heavens above

Each constellation

Sharing Creator’s love

 

Crossing each bridge

Destination ahead

Chasing every star

Father tucks into bed

 

Hours fill with dreams

Flowing always downstream

Nighttime sky lights up

Flying on stardust beams

 

Sleeping soundly

Night returning from flight

Waking to sunrise

Goodbye for now moonlight

 

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From My Journal

agriculture countryside daylight farm

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From Big Sky Buckeye

With so many of life’s moments, we are faced with choices.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated September 29)

James A. Baldwin Quotes

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I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.

American-born James A. Baldwin (1924-1987) wrote a variety of works in novels, essays, short stories, and plays. He was also an active participant in the civil rights movement during the 1960s.

Life’s Breakwater

From John 4:13-14:  “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.  The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.'”

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Haunting landscape of needs

Darkness, breathless with fear

Back streets can never hide

Overflowing with tears

 

Facing hunger-filled void

Shadows filled with man’s greed

Overburdened labors

Breathing amongst ragweed

 

Walking with heart of pain

Emptiness without dreams

Thirst waiting to be quenched

Beholding mercy’s stream

 

Hearing sorrowful cries

Clamorous, selfish strife

Voice speaking, Son of God

Rising above each life

 

Flowing freshness of grace

Well of Living Water

Each heart again restored

Forming life’s breakwater

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From John 14:1-2:  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

George Muller Quote

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The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials.

From 1 Peter 1:6-7:  “ In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

German-born George Muller (1805-1898) was a Christian evangelist.  Later in his life, he and his wife spent 17 years involved with missionary travel throughout the world.

Life Sketches (Haiku Series #197)

Dropping Out

Living off the grid

Not even Google will find—

Modern mountain man

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Glass Slipper Fits

College football’s quest

Cinderella comes knocking—

Another upset!

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Mesmerizing

Marvelous music

Keyboard’s personality—

Piano man’s hands

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Toni Morrison Quotes

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Books are a form of political action.  Books are knowledge.  Books are reflection.  Books change your mind.

Let your face speak what’s in your heart.

Ohio-born Toni Morrison (1931-2019) experienced the ultimate tributes given any novelist when she received the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her ground-breaking novel BELOVED and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.  Her many awards and published works were a testament to her gifts as a writer.