Love’s Destiny

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Waking up early on a cold December day

Love fills a man’s heart with much to say

Driving for hours down a solitary highway

Love travels along in an encouraging way


Discovering ways, over the months, of staying close

Love opens up ways to correspond, making the most

Sending beautiful notes, cards, emails, and more

Love delivers its delightful words—ready to soar

Receiving a call at pre-arranged times

Love melts the distance, always fine


Pulling into the Bismarck airport, ticket in hand

Love boards an airplane, heading to a new land

Flying east through endless, friendly skies

Love reminisces with a smile, as time flies

Transferring to one more flight, halfway there

Love paints with color, adding magic and flair


Landing in Columbus, awakens anxious emotion

Love lights up, presenting its passionate devotion

Waiting for luggage, eyes intently searching wide

Love waits for a woman to appear from the side

Meeting at long last, up close and personal today

Love radiates between two souls, with lots to say


Loving each other, despite the great distance

Love creates a spark, more than an instance

Witnessing love through God’s guiding hands

Love finds a way to a pair of wedding bands


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This story is true.  The love expressed between two people conquered the miles between Ohio and Montana.  Now you know the rest of the story.  My bride and I recently celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary. 

Grandpa’s Doughnuts

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Grandpa snuck away from Grandma one morning.  She was busy with her quilting, and he felt an urge to satisfy his sweet tooth.

Just down the street, a little doughnut shop waited with the hottest coffee and the most treasured, sweet creations ever made.  Without Grandma nearby to fuss at him, he could enjoy coffee, doughnuts, and some conversation with whomever dropped by the shop.

He orders the usual:  coffee with his two favorite doughnuts.  Boston-cream and maple-covered long john, each looks mouth-watering and delicious.

Behind him, the shop’s door opens, and two little children bust in with giggles and way too much energy.

“Grandpa, Grandpa!”  His grandchildren, Ben and Lydia, just happen to discover where Grandpa is hiding out.

A moment later, Grandpa is enjoying coffee, spending time with two very special children, and sharing his doughnuts.

There will be another time for enjoying doughnuts, but loving Lydia and Ben . . . Precious!


Haiku Series #10

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Love Is . . .

Lasting promises

Always unconditional—

Till death do us part


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Stabilize our earth

Honor God’s great creation—

Denial no more


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Needing to write more

Reaching for novel ideas—

Keep the coffee hot


If you are in the mood for another Haiku series, check out a previously published set at Haiku Series 9.

Across the Street

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My retirement years usually produce a smile

But some days sink my spirits deep, by miles

My childhood sweetheart and lovely bride

Now rests with God, absent from my side

I stay occupied with my yard each morn

Discovering pleasure from nature’s form


There is a fine lady across the street

She emerges looking nice and sweet

She stays active around her place

Her yard definitely fits her tastes

The grass is mowed and trimmed

I wonder how she stays so thin


There seems, between us

A subliminal connection

Inviting her for coffee

Is my dreamy confession


Her petunias appear superior to mine

Perhaps I’ll ask for her secret, in time       

She smiles when my puppy is outside to play

I wonder what her plans will be for this day

I imagine what she might think about me

Watching me hang a bird feeder in a tree


There seems, between us

A subliminal connection

Inviting her for coffee

Is my dreamy confession


We both come from the same generation

Her beauty creates a wonderful sensation

I’m thinking of walking across the street

Meeting this fine lady would be a treat

She steps back inside from the dry, summer heat

Perhaps tomorrow morning, we can finally meet

My Grandfather lost his childhood sweetheart and bride, but believe it or not, he found love again . . . across the street!

This real-life experience, along with Jen Goldie’s story about “The Man Across the Street”, inspired the writing of this poem.  Visit Jen’s very creative story with the link shown below.

The Man Across The Street — Jen Goldie – A little this, a little that, some real and some imaginings.

Sweetest Love

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Love springs eternal in many beautiful forms

Helping to ease some of life’s angry storms

A mother cares for her newborn child

Rocking him fast to sleep for awhile

A teacher reaches out to his favorite class today

Filling the room with learning that discovers a way

A nervous man asks a pretty woman for a date

Wondering if marriage just might be their fate

A son calls upon his ailing mother quite often

Bringing love that helps her illness to soften

A mature couple captures romance from afar

Typing ribbons of love that reach the stars

A young girl eagerly waits by the window all day

Jumping into her father’s lap with much to say

A caring wife prepares a meal by candlelight

Inspiring a time of love with her man tonight

A family brings togetherness for all

Adding gentle love that will never fall

A romantic husband brings flowers home

Adding fragrance and love, never alone

A young couple ties the marital knot with “We do”

Finding love that’s deeply rich and feels so true

God sends His Son to offer us agape love

Washing our sins white with His red blood



How is love defined?

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13


Love is a game that two can play and both win.

Eva Gabor


Love is the subtlest force in the world.

Mohandas Gandhi


Love is the essence of God.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Robert Frost


Inasmuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows.  For love is the beauty of the soul.

Saint Augustine


Life is the flower of which love is the honey.

Victor Hugo


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