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Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are 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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Another Saturday brings a pause in many of our normal routines, and today’s poem follows a similar motive.  I seldom write poetry in free verse, but today’s post seemed a perfect opportunity to change things up.  I am thankful you are here with me today, and here’s “Incessant.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on September 19 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 19 from the thoughts of American President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  His gifted words follow through on the theme of leadership.

Many of you enjoy photography (either your own or someone else’s).  Enjoy a sighting of a colorful peacock, taken a couple of summers ago at the Montana Zoo.  Check out the new photograph added on September 12 in the Photo Gallery. 

Recent Posts

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 and writings can be found in the archives.  Enjoy!

Incessant

This poem takes a different route from much of my usual poetry.  It begins with the word “incessant” and carries this meaning throughout the poem with various synonyms.  Using free verse, the number of syllables remains consistent with seven in the odd-numbered lines and ten in the even-numbered ones.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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Early in the morning’s peace

Welcoming the incessant quietness

 

Predawn light creates shadows

Enjoying their unending playfulness

 

Cool, crisp air signals autumn

Witnessing the season’s ceaseless nature

 

Solitary doe walks nearby

Looking for tender grass, endless craving

 

Neighbor walking her collie

Moving with an uninterrupted pace

 

Front porch provides morning roost

Dreaming now of countless, unbroken thoughts

 

Past memories parade on by

Watching an ongoing video show

 

Former students fill the room

Flourishing with unflagging attention

 

Grandchildren always gather

Hearing constant laughter, bringing a smile

 

North wind gusts with icy chill

Feeling winter biting with nonstop bliss

 

Frigid cold invades the porch

Warming now, by persistent fireplace flames

 

Life has been kind, a blessing

Spending everlasting time with our Lord

 

From the front porch, one can sit and watch the entire day unfold.

From My Journal

agriculture countryside daylight farm

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From Big Sky Buckeye

A writer’s journey is one of exploring new directions to pursue.  He is always eager to keep his creative candle burning brightly.

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 19)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

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Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving subordinates credit for everything that goes well.

We the people, elect leaders not to rule but to serve.

Dwight D. Eisenhower served America as its 34th President.  During World War II, he was chosen to lead as the Supreme Allied Commander.

For the People (Elfchen Series #28)

Hear Their Words 

Listening

Founding Fathers

Sharing our cause

Now speaking to us

America

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Unity in Voice

Sunrise

Another day

Freedom for all

A nation stands as

One

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A Dream for All

People

Seeking equality

Hand in hand

All races and creeds

Togetherness

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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) joins in a theme of “For the People.”  This phrase was used by American President Abraham Lincoln near the end of his famous Gettysburg Address (follow the link to read the entire speech).

Charles Stanley Quote

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To be called children of God means that we earnestly seek His redemption–not just for ourselves but for the whole world.

From Matthew 5:9:  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

24/7 Refuge

From Psalm 31:24:  “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”

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Facing life’s trials and critics

Soul and body wasting away

Discouraged, hurting, and distressed

Broken down, strength failing . . . decay

 

Needing encouragement with love

Safe from others, place for healing

Looking for refuge, where to turn

Life under siege, tired and reeling

 

Seeking lasting grace and mercy

Delivering us from dark gloom

Rescue arrives, stand and rejoice

His steadfast love, fully in bloom

 

Staffed by a special redeemer

Our strength, comrade, fortress, and rock

Holding us up with steadfast love

Follow Him, our living bedrock

 

Called by another name  . . . Jesus

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From Psalm 31:1-2:  “In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.  Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily.  Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.”

John Calvin Quote

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Hope is nothing else than the expectation of those things which faith has believed to have been truly promised by God.

From Romans 8:24-25:  “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what is seen?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Endless Race

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Running on this daily treadmill, filling life’s gloomy story

Falling behind in life’s endless race, without much glory

 

Working Nine to Five, five long days each week

Stumbling through every month, looking bleak

 

Forgetting when life last paused for any vacation

Punching in, punching out . . . time clock fixation

 

Heating up life’s pressure cooker, deadlines loom ahead

Hoping the lid doesn’t blow off, propelled into tiny shreds

 

Watching everyone trying to row in the same boat

Rowing in separate directions, now barely afloat

 

Refueling the tank, this coffee break no longer helps

Scurrying on empty, might just as well holler a yelp

 

Taking the elevator to another miserable meeting

Ending up on the wrong floor, no warm greeting

 

Driving home each night, worn down to a blown-out frazzle

Stopping at the same red traffic light, it no longer dazzles

 

Racing every day, life delivers another coup de grace

Looking left, then right . . . who’s winning this rat race?

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John MacArthur Quote

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I have found that the closer I am to the godly people around me, the easier it is for me to live a righteous life because they hold me accountable.

From Psalm 1:1-3:  “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread,or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.  They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.  In all that they do, they prosper.