Haiku Series #67 (Humor)


Digital “brake” time

Turn off social media—

Pausing to recharge

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Satisfying Workout

Meeting for coffee

Skipping the Tuesday workout—

See you on Friday

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Too Early

Morning alarm rings

Hey, it’s the weekend silly—

Switching back to snooze

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Teresa of Avila Quote

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We ought to make more progress, however little, every day, and show some increase of fervor.  We ought to act as if we were at war–as, indeed, we are–and never relax until we have won the victory.

From Matthew 7:13-14:  “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.  For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Melody in the Woods

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Music permeates through the woods

Listen closely, can you hear it?

This melody brings a sense of calm

Nature witnesses a new hit


Calmness radiates from a banjo

Listen again, can you feel it?

Life pauses, taking in this song

Appreciate this moment, let’s sit


Even in darker times, comes light

Listen now, can you feel its blitz?

Calming tune filling every heart

Playing a banjo, without the glitz


People reaching out to others

Living as sisters and brothers


Steve Martin is an accomplished banjo player, and he shares a message of calmness and peace from the woods with his own self-video performance.   This video inspired the writing of this poem.

Monday Memories: Then Came Light

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To a formless world, shrouded in whole darkness

God brought forth light to remove the harshness


To a dark, foreboding room with no shape

Candles illuminate our morning landscape


From a barren, lifeless pine or Douglas fir tree

Christmas brings lights, and makes us feel free


To a cold, hostile land without any light at night

Early man learns of fire, to warm and offer sight


To a student, who feels frustrated in a lesson so dark

A teacher brings patience, and a smile offers a spark


To a darkened, isolated highway on a night with no moon

Bright headlights point us safely towards home very soon


To a world seeking guidance and a fresh start

Lady Liberty’s welcoming torch, sets her apart


To a frightened child, waking up in darkness of the night

Parents bringing a beam of light, to take away his fright


To a middle-aged adult, stricken with eyesight very poor

A doctor’s skill removes a cataract, so she can see more


To an empty and humbling manger, in a crowded stable

A bright star over Bethlehem, showing what is now able


To heal the broken, lost life of a desperate man

God offering a sustaining and hope-filling plan

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One on One

From American theologian, Fulton J. Sheen:  “God does not love us because we are valuable.  We are valuable because God loves us.”

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God’s eternal love seeks

Intimate relationships

No longer standing back

Feeling love as He speaks


Our Lord loves each of us

Stepping forward with faith

Accepting His sincere truth

Our God, never to mistrust


When darker times arrive

Opening hearts to our Lord

Never to feel forsaken

Trusting, abiding, alive


Our Father always cares

Hearing faithful prayers

Watching trusting steps

Feeling moments of despair


Flowing from Heaven above

To a stable’s manger

Witnessing from a cruel Cross

God’s Grace delivers His love

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From John 15:8-9:  “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become My disciples.  As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you; abide in My love.