Steady Song

Montana’s Yellowstone River, without dams and flowing free.

Innocence of its journey

Silently moving along

Life flowing from its spirit

Hearing river’s steady song


Adventure fills nature’s page

Imagination runs wild

Treasured stories to transcribe

Waters frolic like God’s child


Back in time, from long ago

Calling out, steady she goes

Flowing with perseverance

Energy shall never slow


Panoramic and mighty

Slicing across vast landscapes

Mystery around each bend

Secrets waiting to escape


Most precious and sustaining

Endless scenic avenues

Dreaming of chapters to write

Like tasting sweetest fondue


Montana’s Madison River, blue-ribbon trout fishing.

Empty Pages

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Life begins much like an empty book

Pages waiting as a tranquil brook


How will daily life compose each page?

Breathtaking words at every age


Words starting with childlike, joyful prose

Sentences fill with love, head to toes


Paragraphs arrive, smiling each day

First page finishes, much like crochet


Chapters now gather, picking up speed

Transmission accepts each tender reed


Pages adding up, never afraid

Days, weeks, months, years gather . . . no charade


Life reaches the twilight of its time

Not pausing, not even for halftime


Who will ever read this manuscript?

There’s time to add a final postscript


With empty pages, life’s book began

Words maturing, always in God’s plan

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Faithful Journey

From Psalm 85:8-9:  “Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His faithful, to those who turn to Him in their hearts.  Surely His salvation is at hand for those who fear Him, that His glory may dwell in our land.”

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Uncertain darkness

Surrounds me this day

Humbly take a knee

Bowing now to pray


Prayers calling God

Remain unhurried

Unanswered questions

Never be worried


Christ’s teachings feed thee

With the bread of life

This eternal gift

Blessings without strife


Lord of life and love

He feeds and frees all

Through His Holy Word

Never builds a wall


Allow me to pause

God prods thee along

Hearing His questions

Answers make me strong


God everlasting

Faith remains with thee

Through life’s harsh chaos

Calming stormy seas 

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From Romans 10:10-13:  “ For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.  The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in Him will be put to shame.’  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on Him.  For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'”

Writer’s Journey

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Leaving memories from a classroom

Now pursuing and writing a new tune


Exciting, unfamiliar journey begins

Seeing life through a creative lens


Retirement offers a different team

Fulfilling hidden, unexpected dreams


Waking up in the very early morn

Coffee and writing, refreshing norm


Discovering a passion for poetry

Let’s see where words will take me


Finding a unique style to nurture

This pen flows with adventure


Short stories stir up this open mind

Enjoying the fun, these words find


Thankful for readers, such as you

This writer’s journey, quite a view

Charles Swindoll Quote

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So if you want to smile through your tears, if you want to rejoice through times of suffering, just keep reminding yourself that, as a Christian, what you’re going through isn’t the end of the story . . . it’s simply the rough journey that leads to the right destination.

From Psalm 106:3:  “Happy are those who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times.”