Keep Smilin’ (Haiku Series #98)

Yes . . . Really!

Early morning view

Magic mirror never lies—

Seeing perfection

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Car slides into lake

GPS wet with errors–

Where did my map go?

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Chilling Taste

Sweetest tooth talking

Escaping the day’s heat wave—

Hi Baskin-Robbins

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Monday Memories: God’s Compass

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Lost soul in the wickedest valleys of life

Needing directions, take away this strife


Life’s transgressions mount, God knows them all

Living a life of denial, witnessing an arrogant fall


Every day takes one deeper and deeper into sin

Losing awareness, asking where have we been?


When born, God knows our sinful ways

Needing Him to teach wisdom each day


Life continues to carry us on the very same road

Walking and falling, becomes frustrating and cold


God delivers His judgement, He feels justified

Viewing our sin-filled cravings, never satisfied


Life’s journey demands we find a different route

Using God’s compass, His directions carry clout


God brings deliverance, a better means to live

Declaring praise to our Lord, offerings to give


Another wayward life takes a detour from the Pit

Cleansing of sin, God’s road creates a better fit


God teaches an upright way, follow and trust

Purging all evil, washing white our sinful lust


God’s steadfast love delivers a redeeming route

Hearing God’s joy, His compass brings us about

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Daily Praise

From Psalm 145:21:  “My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.”

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Receiving God’s eternal glory

Filling us with His mercy and love

Declaring salvation through His Grace

Singing with praise, like a morning dove


Blessing His name, our most awesome Lord

Stepping forward, showing gratitude

Honoring His Holy righteousness

Extolling His patient fortitude


Sending forth His Word, filled with goodness

Guiding lives from high Heaven above

Creating breathtaking tranquility

Abounding with lasting, steadfast love


Proclaiming His infinite greatness

Praying to the Father, praise His name

Lauding His glorious, wondrous works

Declaring our Lord’s mighty acclaim


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Peace is seeing a sunset, and knowing who to thank.  (author unknown)


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.

For the People (Elfchen Series #28)

Hear Their Words 


Founding Fathers

Sharing our cause

Now speaking to us


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Unity in Voice


Another day

Freedom for all

A nation stands as


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A Dream for All


Seeking equality

Hand in hand

All races and creeds


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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).

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.”

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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Life’s Window (Haiku Series #97)


Boring afternoon

But, ice cream eating races—

Chilling excitement

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Where does Spam come from?

Checking the ingredients—

Close your eyes, eat it!

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Preschool art classes

Creative finger painting—

Budding Picasso’s

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Follow His Example

From John 13:14-15:  “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”

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Jesus, our Lord and Savior, teaches us

Sharing the love from the Holy Father

Knowing God has given to Him all things

Sharing faithful witness, from the Father


Christ, the living God, guides our faithful steps

Presenting endless chances to serve God

Facing our lives, filled with countless hurdles

Serving one another, as blessed by God


Jesus, Son of David, shares acts of Grace

Washing apostles’ feet, blessing the Lord

Teaching through His loving act of service

Telling all, humbling serve our righteous Lord


Christ, Lamb of God, transforming life on earth

Faithfully following our Lord Jesus

Seeking, trusting, and praying in His name

Glorifying each day, serving through Jesus  

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From the words of American author, John Eldredge:  “Teach a man a rule and you help him solve a problem; teach a man to walk with God and you help him solve the rest of his life.”

Simple and Easy

Sometimes I just have to laugh at TV commercials.  Nutrisystem promotes its meals for men who wish to lose weight.  Order it and the box arrives at your door.  Then just heat the meal and eat.  What can more simple than this?  This poem’s theme is written as a parody of this whole process.  As for me, I sure won’t be ordering meals in a box.

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Endless diets make the rounds

Hoping to lose a few pounds


Subscribing to EasyMeals

Delicious and thrifty deals


Simple and easy promise

Please any doubting Thomas


Order the food while online

Shipping never takes much time


Box of meals ships to the door

Bypass the grocery store


Open the box, check it quick

No more cooking, that’s the trick


Picking a meal, heat it now

Such easy and yummy chow


Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks

Simple life comes in these packs


Feeling extra hungry now

Eating two meals, tasting “wow”


Going through this two-week box

In just a week, quite a shock


Stepping on the scale one day

Extra pounds plus some, shout “Hey!”

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