Life’s Odyssey (Haiku Series #159)

Better Tomorrow’s

Life crushed and shattered

Love’s undelivered intent—

Youthful innocence

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Starting Over

Where walked once before

Narrative regains traction—

Now making new tracks

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Learning’s Bridges

Confidence growing

Moments shared with life’s mentors—

Lessons never end

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Distant Land

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Nation’s outstretched hand

Shaping distant land

 

Trade benefits both

Bringing steady growth

 

Prosperity’s health

Welcoming new wealth

 

Benevolence molds

Filling now with cold

 

This mighty power

Seeing its plans sour

 

Citizens lack voice

Having little choice

 

Uproar fuels action

Bringing reaction

 

Hostile clouds amass

Reaching dark impasse

 

Big brother nation

Facing frustration

 

Rebels gather ‘round

Fading common ground

 

More Redcoats arrive

Gathering beehive

 

Independence shouts

Calling freedom out

 

Colonists stand firm

Battling to affirm

 

Mother country’s heart

Tearing self apart

 

British might stands down

Watching its meltdown

 

America stands

Molding freedom’s hands

 

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Throughout history, many nations have attempted to mold and shape other lands into their own image.  Terms such as imperialism, colonization, and nation building sometimes come to mind.  It is worth noting that the British attempted to establish a foothold on the American continent starting in 1607.  By the mid-1770s, their plans for a continuing American empire were crumbling.  Few, if any other nations, have learned from this lesson in history . . . America included.

Life’s Lessons (Haiku Series #142)

Never a Doubt

Taking bolder steps

Overcoming challenges—

Life’s daily exam

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Full Plate

Deal with the present

Cope with today’s agenda—

Tomorrow can wait

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Morning Check

Best partner and friend

Feeling fulfilled and nourished—

Look in the mirror

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John Eldredge Quote

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If the narrative of the Scriptures teaches us anything, from the serpent in the Garden to the carpenter in Nazareth, it teaches us that things are rarely what they seem, that we shouldn’t be fooled by appearances.

From Proverbs 21:2:  “All deeds are right in the sight of the doer, but the Lord weighs the heart.”

Wisdom’s Guardrails

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Life’s journey fills with mistakes

Wisdom’s guardrails prevent headaches

 

Working together as a team

Life’s active, productive sunbeam

 

Be available to others

Treat everyone as brothers

 

Come prepared for each assignment

Results in flawless alignment

 

Apologize for day’s misdeeds

Forgiveness sowing fertile seeds

 

Keep secrets to self, follow scripts

Remember now, loose lips sink ships

 

Checking answers, rechecking twice

Turn over each stone, good advice

 

Patiently molding shapeless clay

Details finished, now walk away

 

Stay together, through thick ‘n thin

Tight as a fist, faithful linchpin

 

Taking charge, bold skipper steering

Encouraging words now cheering

 

Sometimes, life’s outcomes say we’re wrong

Solving mistakes, newest hit song

 

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This poem’s wisdom was gleamed from Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on the American television drama, “NCIS.”  Throughout the nearly endless episodes, Mark Harmon’s character shares his timely wisdom from “Gibbs’ Rules.”

Life Lessons (Elfchen Series #25)

Life Rewards

Character

Built slowly

Over one’s lifetime

Integrity becomes a habit

Precious

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Making It 

Life

Trekking uphill

Reaching its summit

Fulfilling journey never ends

Perseverance

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Starting Over

Discipline

Sometimes lacking

Daily excuses strike

Replace with fresh renewal

Determination

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The German-inspired poetry style of Elfchen (or Elevenie) contains five lines of poetic verse, usually without the use of rhyming verses.  A total of 11 words are used with a sequence of one, two, three, and four words before ending with a single word in the final verse.