Nature’s Retreat

The writing of this poem is inspired from the works of American poet, Walt Whitman (1819-1892).

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Escaping life’s hectic pace

Finding nature’s retreat

Breathing her refreshing air

Freedom’s open love seat

 

Waking to blessed sunrise

Living off nature’s land

Sowing seeds, fertile harvest

Freedom’s new motherland

 

Pursuing nature’s rhythm

Feeling never alone

Answering only to God

Freedom’s sturdy jawbone

 

Sleeping under nightly stars

Filling mind, mellow dreams

Sharing nature’s melodies

Freedom’s harmony beams

 

Experiencing new joy

Tasting nature’s flavor

Discovering Father’s gift

Freedom’s grace-filled favor

 

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Relationships (Elfchen Series #116)

Building Up

Father’s

Sharing grace

People needing others

Serving each with love

Harmony

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Plugging In

Growing

Fruitful friendships

Iron sharpens iron

Refining faith of another

Brotherhood

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Joining Together

 Love’s

Eternal commandment

Coming from Jesus

Caring for one another

Community

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Timeless Gifts (Haiku Series #191)

Joy

Good morning sunrise

Walking in nature’s garden—

Sunset shares her peace

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Symphony

Enjoy life’s journey

Nature’s melody plays on—

Blessed harmony

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Intermission

Day’s energy wanes

Setting sun’s refreshing drink—

Twilight standing still

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Sharing Her Treasures (Haiku Series #188)

Standing Still

Beauty without words

Stirring each silent chorus—

Morning’s sunrise beams

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Patiently Waiting

Chilly summer night

Hint of early autumn dreams—

Calendar page turns

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Timeless Themes

Woven together

Composing her melodies—

Harmony praising

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Timeless Harmony (Haiku Series #187)

Stirring

Harmony playing

Creation’s sounds of silence—

Nature awakens

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Sharing

Mountainous canyon

Echoing harmony’s past—

Cherishing secrets

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Remembering

Abandoned homestead

Empty, nightly harmony—

Never forgotten

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Welcoming Thy Neighbor

From Romans 15:5-6:  “May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Working through each of us

Nurturing Word of God

 

Building up each neighbor

Sharing love of Jesus

 

Calling each believer

Stepping into life’s void

 

Following Spirit’s lead

Willing to share burdens

 

Observing their struggles

Praying for others’ needs

 

Welcoming thy neighbor

Living in harmony

 

Thriving to gather time

Helping hands step forward

 

Making a difference

Walking in Christ’s footprints

 

Accepting each other

Teaching from Father’s Word

 

Comforting and helping

Showing love to neighbors

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From Galatians 5:14:  “For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Lasting Impressions (Haiku Series #176)

New Day

Morning’s warmth arrives

Night’s darkness evaporates—

Brilliant sunrise greets

Sunrise greets Maryland’s Choptank River.

Wrong Address

Spring’s mixed-up signals

Heavy snow covers landscape—

Misguided showers

Snow blankets central Ohio.

Endless Harmony

Nature’s precious gifts

Infinite diversity—

Unified as one

Spring flowers meet fresh shoots of grass.

Encouraging Times (Haiku Series #174)

Daily Workout

Lighten up life’s load

With joy-filled exercises—

One laugh at a time

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Harmony’s Navigation

No ship divided

Can survive life’s story seas—

Seek calmer waters

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Journey’s Maturity

Learning from mistakes

Life’s positive stepping-stones—

Adventures in growth

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Competitive Spirit

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So much of life keeps score

From elections to sports

Competitive spirit

Churns in daily reports

 

Life’s clashing resistance

Much at too high a cost

All want to be winners

Loving brothers, now lost

 

Division without love

Life without sportsmanship

Forgetting our manners

People losing their grip

 

Imagine Super Bowl

Unresolved final score

Fans calling for justice

Final outcome called for

 

Pushing aside tension

Leaving muckraker’s trough

Muting all rhetoric

Turning life’s scoreboard off

 

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Faith and Love (Haiku Series #155)

Harmony

Share Christ’s love with all

Replace our self-righteousness—

Make a difference!

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Humbleness

Coming to our Lord

Trusted sower of our faith—

Accepting His grace

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Peace

His love never wanes

God always walks beside us—

Sunrise never sets

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