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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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Welcome to Big Sky Buckeye’s continuing writing journey!  Today’s poetry post uses a theme which has not been used for some time.  Searching the inside and back pages of a local newspaper offers opportunities to craft verses about some of the goodness in life around us.  You are invited to join me in “Scanning News Headlines.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on January 15 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 January 15 from thoughts shared from the words of American comedian Gabriel IglesiasHe delivers a message filled with his unique perspective of life.

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!

Monday Memories: Waiting and Ready

From Chicago, Illinois (courtesy of Pinterest)

Sitting eerily silent after these forgotten years

The abandoned firehouse rests without fears

 

Remaining alive, vivid memories reign again

Quietly remembering all that had once been

 

Rising above a busy street, the firehouse stands

Firefighters arrive on deck, with powerful hands

 

Living quarters on the second floor make due

Firefighters’ labors never seem quite through

 

Recalling a flawless safety record that shines

Teamwork and training work together just fine

 

Feeling safe, homes and merchants live nearby

They all witness courage as every day races by

 

Filling the ground floor, two red engines wait

The ensuing alarm will signal their next fate

 

Waiting side by side . . . shiny, clean, and bright

Pumper and ladder engines, eager to take flight

 

Providing basic firefighting is the pumper’s place

While the ladder reaches high floors, just in case

 

Visiting a nearby grade school one October day

The ladder engine shows off in a marvelous way

 

Encouraging children ask the ladder to go high

Accommodating firefighters look prepared to fly

 

Returning to the firehouse, a calm and inviting sight

An alarm goes out, both engines prepare for the fight

 

Sliding down a pole, firefighters destined for action

Their special clothing assembled, ready in a fraction

 

Rolling out to the street, piercing sirens wail

These seasoned warriors intend never to fail

 

Weaving through traffic, the engines arrive in time

Quick response calms the fire before it can climb

 

Remembering the past, the excitement is long done

The old firehouse stands ready for one final, fire run

 

The fire house in the photograph is the former fire department headquarters in Cambridge, Maryland (my wife’s hometown).  It sits empty today, waiting for its next assignment.

Louise Gluck Quotes

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We look at the world once, in childhood.  The rest is memory.

I could live almost completely in imagination.

American poet Louise Gluck (born 1943) is widely recognized for her unique style and poetic voice.  She has received numerous awards including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2020 and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993.

Glorifying God

From 1 Peter 2:2-3:  “Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

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Believers searching

Seeking Father’s plan

Bible revealing

Spirit touches man

 

God’s blessed children

Salvation growing

Tasting His goodness

Spirit’s gifts showing

 

Breathing righteousness

Man’s actions molded

In likeness of Christ

Spirit’s tasks unfolded

 

Holy and treasured

Chosen cornerstone

Glorifying God

Spirit in Christ sown

 

Long ago searching

Heeding sovereign will

Now finding God’s plan

Spirit flows downhill

 

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From 1 Peter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Hannah More Quote

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Forgiveness is the economy of the heart . . . forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.

From Luke 11:4:  “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.  And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

Hannah More (1745-1833) was an English playwright, poet, educator, and religious writer.

Scanning News Headlines

The inspiration for these verses comes from recent headlines in the newspaper.  When a reader ventures away from the front page, there is a treasure of life’s stories waiting.

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 Weather vanes invented with single aim

Adding visual symbolism’s acclaim

 

Wandering away from life’s busy streets

Nature offers solitude’s finest seats

 

Rescuing two lives in one single day

Sixth grader’s actions blaze this hero’s way

 

Local diner evolves, now town’s flagship

Coffee and donuts to full menu trip

 

Treetop’s aerial gliders taking flight

Flying squirrels airborne, astounding sight

 

“Fiddler on the Roof” shares fabled story

Cultural icon relives its glory 

 

Simplify cooking steps for more success

Start early and share duties, with less stress

 

Democracy threatened by world’s neglect

Time to promote common good’s architect

 

Embracing its increasing attendance

Art museum’s lasting independence

 

Heartbreaking storms, compassion now descends

Neighbors’ lasting love bringing help to mend

 

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From My Journal

agriculture countryside daylight farm

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From Big Sky Buckeye

When we face the harsh tides of life, we conquer our challenges with life’s renewed rhythm.

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 January 15)

Curious Trivial Facts (1/15)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

The first flight attendants were men whose main job function was to handle baggage.  When United Airlines decided to put women on their planes in 1930, all of the stewardesses they hired were nurses, based on the theory that nurses would be most capable of handling passengers’ needs on bumpy flights.

Fred Astaire’s famous dances with Ginger Rogers were some of the most romantic moments in movie history, but Astaire actually developed the numbers with choreographer Hermes Pan, who filled in for Rogers during choreography, then later taught her the steps.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Quiet Grace (Elfchen Series #93)

Boldness

Faith

Grace refilling

Every precious day

Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Eyewitnesses

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Journey

Walking

Never alone

Holy Spirit’s voice

Yielding to His guidance

Transformation

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Blessing

Darkness

Hiding sin

Divine light’s guidance

Grace nurtures Christ’s forgiveness

Believe

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