About bigskybuckeye

Born in the Big Sky Country of Montana and now living in the Buckeye State of Ohio, Richard is the creative mind behind Big Sky Buckeye. Retired after 40 years of teaching, I enjoy writing, photography, traveling, and following a healthy lifestyle.

Fulfilling Hope (Haiku Series #139)


In midst of life’s storms

Lord’s encouragement builds hope—

Blessed hand of grace

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Led by the Spirit

Born into new life through Christ—

Righteousness brings hope

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Growing in our love

Finding hope’s meaning of life—

Believing in Christ

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Monday Memories: At the Door

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Jesus stands ready


He understands life

With its hardships


He’s walked there

Experiencing it all


His body bears

Marks of death


Hands forever scarred

Feet harshly pierced


He defeated death

Empty tomb proclaims


He understands thee

Life’s never-ending turmoil


He offers hopefulness

Encouraging and loving


His reassuring voice

Calming all worries


Life’s sufferings appear

Generating lasting tenacity


Trusting in Him

Rock of Salvation


Sending steadfast love

From heaven above


Faithful and righteous

Extending into Eternity


Never be afraid

Always trust Him


Hearing His words

Praising and soothing


Giving peaceful strength

Against harsh times


Open one’s heart

Closed door opens


Jesus stands ready


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This Christian poem was written and published in July, 2019.  Writing faith-based poetry continues to be one of my favorite places to be.

Healing Brokenness

From Psalm 103:1-5:  “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all His benefits—who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

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Scattered by earth’s hopeless winds

Relationships, bodies, hearts

Life filling with brokenness

Divine healing, God imparts


Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Healing comes from purest source

Balm of hope offers treatment

Mind, body, and soul endorse


Amazing grace saves sinners

Hope now strengthens and rebounds

Mercy and love rebuild faith

Forgiveness heals and surrounds


Healing balm making us whole

Caring for lifetime of scars

Miracle restores fullness

God’s Glory shining from stars


Finding places and people

Savior Jesus leads our way

Bearing our burdens as well

Healing brokenness this day


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A traditional African-American spritual, “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” serves as an inspiring complement to this poem.  You are invited to take a moment to listen.

Curious Trivial Facts

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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.

More pizzas are sold and delivered on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year–a primary reason that Super Bowl Sunday ranks second (behind Thanksgiving) as the biggest day for food consumption in the United States.

The penny is the only currently minted U.S. coin featuring a profile [President Abraham Lincoln] that faces to the right.

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

Glorious Gospel (Elfchen Series #62)



Creating mankind

Jesus calling us

To love one another


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Darkest depths

Rescued by Jesus

Sharing His Good News


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Without fear

Reshaping this world

To right side up


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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.

Past Favorites: Oceans

This  poem was  published in July, 2019, and features an early attempt at writing poetry using mystery-filled imagery.  It was originally written in March of the same year as an  entry for a poetic publication.  While the poem didn’t make the cut, it has been well-received here on WordPress.  

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A life can sometimes seem deep and dark

Just as the oceans’ waves find their mark


From season to season, a person splashes along

Just as the oceans redeploy, intense and strong


Hardships and misfortunes grudgingly arrive each week

Just as the oceans’ depths mask secrets, waiting to seek


Morning’s sunrise embraces, cheerful and bold

Just as the oceans splash water, much too cold


Today brings a bit of uncertainty and sadness

Just as the oceans bring a light of happiness


One wonders and dreams of a better life

Just as the oceans dispense little strife


A walk along the sandy beach sounds great

Just as the oceans’ tides deliver a final fate


The gentle waves engage loneliness for a swim

Just as the oceans’ surf arrives without a whim


A final desperate, draining breath takes one under

Just as the oceans stand still and start to wonder





Precious Time

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Every hour

Holding precious time


Every day

Devouring life’s checklist


Every week

Running endless errands


Every month

Loving family time


Every year

Filling life up


Every hour

Cherished minutes


Every day

Another blessing


Every week

Career focus


Every month

Birthdays celebrated


Every year

Vacation time


Every hour



Every day



Every week



Every month



Every year



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Nature’s Calling (Haiku Series #138)


Mountains to valleys

Earth’s blessed contrasts invite—

Highest to lowest

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Probing earth’s oceans

Endless waters reaching shore–

Never grows weary

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Galaxy’s journey

Universe enriches life—

First contact with stars

John Eldredge Quote

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If the narrative of the Scriptures teaches us anything, from the serpent in the Garden to the carpenter in Nazareth, it teaches us that things are rarely what they seem, that we shouldn’t be fooled by appearances.

From Proverbs 21:2:  “All deeds are right in the sight of the doer, but the Lord weighs the heart.”