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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E. E. Cummings Quotes

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Tomorrow is our permanent address.

An intelligent person fights for lost causes, realizing that others are merely effects.

E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962) was a gifted American poet, writer, playwright, and essayist.  Many regard him as one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Faith is not in what Jesus says but in Himself; if we only look at what He says we shall never believe.

From Luke 18:41-43:  “‘What do you want me to do for you?’  He said, ‘Lord, let me see again.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.’  Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.”

Stepping Forward (Haiku Series #170)

Halting Steps

Worries and fears grow

Never-ending appetite—

Consuming spirit

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Courageous Steps

In darkest of times

Winning race with final push—

Running with boldness

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Harmony’s Steps

Day’s delightful pause

Joyous memories drop in—

Dancing in one’s heart

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Madeleine L’Engle Quotes

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The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all of the other ages you’ve been.

Because we fail to listen to each other’s stories, we are becoming a fragmented human race.

Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was an American writer and poet who frequently wrote about her Christian faith as well as her interest in modern science.

Monday Memories: Waiting and Ready

From Chicago, Illinois (courtesy of Pinterest)

Sitting eerily silent after these forgotten years

The abandoned firehouse rests without fears

 

Remaining alive, vivid memories reign again

Quietly remembering all that had once been

 

Rising above a busy street, the firehouse stands

Firefighters arrive on deck, with powerful hands

 

Living quarters on the second floor make due

Firefighters’ labors never seem quite through

 

Recalling a flawless safety record that shines

Teamwork and training work together just fine

 

Feeling safe, homes and merchants live nearby

They all witness courage as every day races by

 

Filling the ground floor, two red engines wait

The ensuing alarm will signal their next fate

 

Waiting side by side . . . shiny, clean, and bright

Pumper and ladder engines, eager to take flight

 

Providing basic firefighting is the pumper’s place

While the ladder reaches high floors, just in case

 

Visiting a nearby grade school one October day

The ladder engine shows off in a marvelous way

 

Encouraging children ask the ladder to go high

Accommodating firefighters look prepared to fly

 

Returning to the firehouse, a calm and inviting sight

An alarm goes out, both engines prepare for the fight

 

Sliding down a pole, firefighters destined for action

Their special clothing assembled, ready in a fraction

 

Rolling out to the street, piercing sirens wail

These seasoned warriors intend never to fail

 

Weaving through traffic, the engines arrive in time

Quick response calms the fire before it can climb

 

Remembering the past, the excitement is long done

The old firehouse stands ready for one final, fire run

 

The fire house in the photograph is the former fire department headquarters in Cambridge, Maryland (my wife’s hometown).  It sits empty today, waiting for its next assignment.

From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

In life we come upon different perspectives, and this leads to even more self-discovery.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated January 18)

Louise Gluck Quotes

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We look at the world once, in childhood.  The rest is memory.

I could live almost completely in imagination.

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.

Hannah More Quote

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Forgiveness is the economy of the heart . . . forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.

From Luke 11:4:  “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.  And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

Hannah More (1745-1833) was an English playwright, poet, educator, and religious writer.

Scanning News Headlines

The inspiration for these verses comes from recent headlines in the newspaper.  When a reader ventures away from the front page, there is a treasure of life’s stories waiting.

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 Weather vanes invented with single aim

Adding visual symbolism’s acclaim

 

Wandering away from life’s busy streets

Nature offers solitude’s finest seats

 

Rescuing two lives in one single day

Sixth grader’s actions blaze this hero’s way

 

Local diner evolves, now town’s flagship

Coffee and donuts to full menu trip

 

Treetop’s aerial gliders taking flight

Flying squirrels airborne, astounding sight

 

“Fiddler on the Roof” shares fabled story

Cultural icon relives its glory 

 

Simplify cooking steps for more success

Start early and share duties, with less stress

 

Democracy threatened by world’s neglect

Time to promote common good’s architect

 

Embracing its increasing attendance

Art museum’s lasting independence

 

Heartbreaking storms, compassion now descends

Neighbors’ lasting love bringing help to mend

 

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