Nature’s Storylines (Haiku Series #198)


Transition’s river

Creation’s tireless seasons—

Lasting ebb and flow

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Blessed reminder

Painting life’s daily landscape—

Creator’s witness

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So much to enjoy

Waiting again to blossom—

Steady persistence

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Monday Memories: Forevermore

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Standing and lifting eyes upward

Asking for help

But, from where will it come?


Reading from a cherished Bible

Finding the words

Of a patient and gracious Lord


Humbling images of God’s plan

Creating the heavens

As well as the earth


Feeling the grace of God

Providing shade

At one’s right hand


Sleeping is never His wish

Watching over

His people at every moment


Praying to a compassionate Lord

Listening now

His words bring comfort


Protecting us at all times

Witnessing Him


The background for this poem comes from the Bible; see Psalm 121.

Wisdom’s Vision

From Daniel 1:17:  “To these four young men God gave knowledge and skill in every aspect of literature and wisdom; Daniel also had insight into all visions and dreams.”

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Life’s empty vision

Forsaking this heart

Empty days and nights

Waiting for restart


Wisdom comes forward

Warming this cold heart

Heaven’s power stirs

Blessing life’s jumpstart


Father’s divine Word

Lifting up this heart

Treasures of mercy

Bringing life’s kick start


Victory arrives

Restoring this heart

Wisdom’s vision breathes

Gracing life’s bold start


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This poem is inspired from the blessed Irish hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.”

Testament’s Witness (Elfchen Series #120)



Mountainside spring

Filled with healing

Thirsty heart now restored


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Christ’s love

Following faithful steps

Paying forward to others


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Jesus builds

Redemption’s eternal bridge

Between sin and God


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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.

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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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?”

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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Marvelous music

Keyboard’s personality—

Piano man’s hands

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Monday Memories: God is Near

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From Psalm 16:11:  “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

God dwells on a Holy hill

Pursuing those hungry, for His will


Away from God, we are forlorn

Seeking refuge, asking to be reborn


Our Lord is a most Holy God

Bringing blessings and love, He nods


He brings delight, for another week

Filling cups with refreshment, we seek


At night, He calms our hearts

Giving wise counsel, new day starts


God remains near, always beside us

Walking patiently, without a big fuss


He stays close, offering His hand

Facing our challenges, across this land


God fills hearts, with joyful gladness

We sing and rejoice, without sadness


Our prayers seek a willing ear

Finding a Holy God, without fear


Our footing will never slip away

Walking a safe path, God’s way


God hears our words and prayers

Sending answers, because He truly cares


Under the shadow of God’s wings

Protecting us, safe refuge He brings

Hearing Angelic Cheers

From Romans 5:8-9:  “But God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  Much more surely, therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, will we be saved through Him from the wrath of God.”

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Trusting God, door opens

Divine plan sharing grace

Believing promises

Forsaking evil’s place


Breaking chains of darkness

Jesus taking man’s place

Dying on cruelest cross

Bringing freedom’s embrace


Stepping forward in Christ

Forgiveness emerges

Sending redemption’s gift

Quelling sinful urges


Restoring place with God

Cross proclaims, “Come to Me”

Erasing lifetime’s debts

Leaving sin, walking free


Delivering God’s peace

Eternity appears

Witnessing empty tomb

Hearing angelic cheers

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From John 14:27-28:  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  You heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’  If you loved Me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.”

Headlines Come Alive

Away from the front page, consider the Sunday newspaper to be a delightful connection to the rest of the world.  It is refreshing to read about life as so many others see it.  Enjoy!

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Creating garden’s diverse retreat

Forsaking traditional green lawn

Flora and fauna’s pulsating beat


Feeling awesome, eighty-nine years old

Singing one hit after another

Willie Nelson’s music grabs ahold


Discovering lighthouse, flower farms

Visiting enchantment’s sweet magic

Lake Michigan showcasing her charms


Keeping scientists up every night

Suggesting many snooze like humans

Will spiders finally sleep tonight?


Passing up snail mail without delay

Recalling technology’s lightning

Telegraph launches high-speed gateway


Sharing another public witness

Imitating Jesus Christ’s footsteps

Sidewalk evangelism’s eyewitness