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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Louise Gluck Quotes

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The soul is silent.  If it speaks at all it speaks in dreams.

Some of us make our own light:  a silver leaf like a path no one can use.

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.

You Don’t Say!

Few people have heard of the famous naturalist and wildlife photographer William Xavier Knox.  His life has been one amazing adventure of finding the unexplored, the unexplained, and the unusual.  Billy’s dreams have become quite legendary.

A few winters ago, Billy survived a scrap with a polar snake up in the Great White North.  He had been hoping to finally capture a picture of the elusive Arctic snake crossing the frozen tundra.  Instead, he nearly fell to his death in a large crevice in the ice.  Fortunately for Billy, his pick axe held firmly while he pulled himself up to safety.

Emulating some of his shutterbug heroes, Billy harbors hopes of becoming a revered wildlife photographer.  With his treasured camera, he is still waiting to capture that “once in a lifetime” shot.

None of Billy’s photography has been published yet.  He relies on “word of mouth” to carry the message of his work.  After all, he figures this is the best approach because he doesn’t want people stampeding into nature’s quiet landscapes.

Unfortunately, few people have met up with Billy.  Even fewer people have ever heard of this almost forgotten wildlife photographer.  Nonetheless, he has huge plans for the future of his work.

A determined Billy is currently traveling across the eastern third of the “Cowboy State” of Wyoming.  The upper plateau and plains are home to many exotic animals. 

A freak of nature, this fearsome critter has never been captured on film.  A cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope has produced a mysterious creature called a Jackalope.  Unfortunately for Billy, someone else has successfully photographed this Jackalope a few days ago.  All Billy can say is, “Geez, another one got away!”

Billy’s next appointment takes him to the Pacific Northwest.  He plans to search the thick rainforests of the mountains for the elusive Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.

As Billy arrives in the area, he is informed that a website already features his prized target.  When interviewed, Billy disappointedly explains, “Why am I always coming in second when trying to capture these prizes of nature?”

A young girl shows Billy the link to the website:  https://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

Winking at him and smiling, she smartly asks Billy, “Do you really believe in these odd species of nature?”

Billy pauses and thinks for a second or two before smiling back, “Well, if I didn’t, there goes my photography career.  Right down into my musty basement, filled with old photographs.”

Billy’s mind is beginning to stir to semi-consciousness.  A gloomy vision clouds his mind, and he begins to wrestle with it.

He is busy photographing school children across the country for those dreaded school portraits.  Someone adds, “You’ll know when he has reached your school.  Just look for his personalized license plate:  CRZYPCS.”

Waking up from his long, overnight nap, a sleepy-eyed Billy wanders out into the kitchen of his family’s Wyoming ranch house.  His grandfather is browsing a book, and he welcomes Billy to their usual morning time together. 

Grandfather asks, “How did you sleep young man?” 

“Just terrible!” replies Billy as he rubs his ten-year old eyes.  “I had a horrible dream about being a school photographer.  You know . . . the one who takes those awful photos for school yearbooks and student portrait packets to send home.”

His grandfather pauses and places the book on the table, “You don’t say!” 

Billy glances at the book, and he smiles up at the author of the book, William Xavier Knox.  His grandfather is a world-renowned wildlife photographer.

Filled with Dreams (Haiku Series #151)

Tasting Goodness

Dreaming of fresh dough

To grocery store for yeast—

Bread shall rise again

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Fulfilling Life

Eighty-two years young

Earning high school diploma—

Ageless dreams blossom

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Sowing Faith

Golden harvest waits

Farmer’s efforts rewarded—

Blessed field of dreams

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Enjoy the Ride

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Another day dawning

Life’s open highway

Relax, enjoy the ride

Searching hidden byways

 

Each byway, something new

Life’s treasured adventures

Unwind, take each one in

Tasting newfound ventures

 

Every venture smiles

Life’s tempo never slows

Marvel, each sweet blessing

Smelling one tender rose

 

Single rose shares fragrance

Life’s memories accrue

Smile, waiting in the wings

Finding tomorrow’s clue

 

Tomorrow’s whistle sounds

Life’s train steaming ahead

Relax, enjoy the ride

Dreaming, asleep in bed

  

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Defining Moments (Elfchen Series #69)

Endearing

Appreciate

Day’s treasures

Each precious minute

Fleeting moments pass by

Photographs

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Persevering

Freedom’s

Challenging task

Brick by brick

Renewing democracy’s fragile road

Courage

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Celebrating

Legendary

Life journey

Childhood’s early dreams

Maturing into life’s amazing

Accomplishments

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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.

Life Well Lived

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Seasoned with many years

This ancient man delights

Very little he fears

Life tastes humble highlights

 

Living alone these days

Outliving many friends

Memories still ablaze

Through color-filled zoom lens

 

Nearly century old

Blessed career long gone

Bride’s love never grows cold

Still waking up at dawn

 

Sits at kitchen table

Daily Bible reading

Praying through God’s cable

Lord’s “Bread of Life” feeding

 

Walking at nearby park

Bench invites him to sit

Lifetime’s blossoming spark

Dreaming shall never quit

 

Parked at life’s interchange

Lifetime’s poetry writes

Witnessing time’s changes

Faith and love holding tight 

 

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