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.

Midnight Walk

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Nightly dream

Taking midnight walk

Quiet time

Whispering thoughts talk

 

Nightly peace

Wakening clouds part

Moon shining

Warming lonely heart

 

Nightly quest

Peeling away soul

Light traces

Filling spirit whole

 

Nightly view

Crossing distant bridge

Darkness looms

Scaling lofty ridge

 

Nightly dream

Finishing each ride

Silence tames

Rising sunrise hides

 

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E. E. Cummings Quotes

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Tomorrow is our permanent address.

An intelligent person fights for lost causes, realizing that others are merely effects.

E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962) was a gifted American poet, writer, playwright, and essayist.  Many regard him as one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.

Scripture’s Truth

From 1 Corinthians 2:4-5:  “My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.”

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World full of deception

Most lack understanding

Man lives with blind spirit

God’s Word seeks soft landing

 

Father’s knowledge revealed

Prepared with divine love

Shared through Holy Spirit

From heaven’s depths above

 

Man’s spirit lacks vision

Missing truth of God’s Word

Pride hinders man’s access

Spirit’s teachings transferred

 

Filling man’s hungry mind

Scripture’s truth, Spirit brings

Living in mind of Christ

God’s wisdom always clings

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From 1 Corinthians 2:12-13:  “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.  And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Faith is not in what Jesus says but in Himself; if we only look at what He says we shall never believe.

From Luke 18:41-43:  “‘What do you want me to do for you?’  He said, ‘Lord, let me see again.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.’  Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.”

Stepping Forward (Haiku Series #170)

Halting Steps

Worries and fears grow

Never-ending appetite—

Consuming spirit

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Courageous Steps

In darkest of times

Winning race with final push—

Running with boldness

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Harmony’s Steps

Day’s delightful pause

Joyous memories drop in—

Dancing in one’s heart

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Madeleine L’Engle Quotes

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The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all of the other ages you’ve been.

Because we fail to listen to each other’s stories, we are becoming a fragmented human race.

Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was an American writer and poet who frequently wrote about her Christian faith as well as her interest in modern science.

Welcome to My Writer’s Corner

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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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Greetings Big Sky Buckeye readers!  I am heading to my native state of Montana on Wednesday (January 19), and I will not return back to my home in Ohio for about a month.  My mother is recovering from surgery to repair a broken hip, and she needs help from my wife and I.  New posts will continue through Thursday.  While I am away, I will be turning off my comments until I return.  I appreciate everyone’s patience and please take care.

Each Tuesday shares another opportunity to post a series of short poems, which are written in the Japanese-inspired style of Haiku.  Each week the theme varies, and today’s revolves around how life allows us to manage “Stepping Forward.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on January 18 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 18 from thoughts shared from the words of American writer and poet Madeleine L’EngleShe delivers a message filled with enjoying our maturing lives as well as making our listening a priority.

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.

From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

In life we come upon different perspectives, and this leads to even more self-discovery.

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 18)

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.