Morning’s Arrival

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Another sunrise stirring

Playful sunbeams wakening

Night’s peaceful slumber fading

Nature’s gift deserves praising


Quiet, gentle breeze breathing

Summer’s garden rejoicing

Big sky’s blue hues revealing

Nature’s paradise smiling


Time searches, never pausing

Mysteries for exploring

Future chapters inviting

Nature’s narrative writing


Landscape’s tune humming

Joy dances, everlasting

Morning flows with each painting

Nature’s canvas, spellbinding

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Warren Wiersbe Quote

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Surrender your mind to the Lord at the beginning of each day.

From Isaiah 50:4:  “The Lord God has given me a trained tongue, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.  Morning by morning He wakens, wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.”

Morning Sanctuary

Chestnut Ridge Metro Park offers an inviting morning trail, framed by a forest of trees.

Another morning walk

Nature’s invitation

Waiting sanctuary

Metro Park’s elation


Whether walking the Ridge

Or exploring the Woods

Life always tastes better

Forest feels like Sherwood’s


Courtly summer flowers

Moving with gentle breeze

Collection of colors

Inviting honeybees


Majestic trees shadow

Fertile landscape beneath

Time desires to stand still

Yet stirring underneath


Creation’s design breathes

Filling with fresh, new life

Tender, young trees sprouting

Praising newborn wildlife


A canopy of tall trees shades the trail below at Walnut Woods Metro Park.

Two of my most favorite places to walk in the early morning are found about 10 minutes from my home.  Central Ohio is blessed with many scenic metro parks, and two of the best are Chestnut Ridge and Walnut Woods.

Sky’s Brilliance Singing

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Early morning sun

Humility waits

Below horizon

Eager to orchestrate


Sky slowly wakens

Teasing rays of light

Distinct colors spread

Announcing day’s flight


Another lift-off

Daytime hours flowing

Sky’s brilliance singing

Harmony glowing


Dusk now approaches

Sunlight’s ending song

Final color show

Evening light’s swansong


Curtain slowly falls

Sun trading for night

Along horizon

Day’s final brake light


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Nature’s Creation (Haiku Series #185)

All of these morning photographs were taken at two different Metro Parks (Walnut Woods and Chestnut Ridge) in central Ohio, not far from my home.  I frequently walk both of these areas.

Day Begins

Morning awakens

Creation’s treasures stirring—

Lord above smiling

Another spring day awakens along Walnut Creek.

Lasting Gifts

Season to season

Witnessing every change—

Praise God’s masterpiece

Autumn’s masterpiece of colors is captured at Chestnut Ridge.

Divine Artistry

Nature never rests

Flora and fauna’s beauty—

Creator molding

Summer’s beauty fills a hilltop garden while a solitary deer grazes.

Morning’s Bliss

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Waking up early

Thick darkness greets thee

Quiet time invites

Tranquility’s seas


Hearing rain’s cascade

Rhythm bringing ease

Daylight holding back

Morning’s bliss shall please


Steaming toward light

Music in background

Thoughts wander, carefree

Life’s train now homebound


Arriving on time

Memories retrieved

Harvest of warm hearts

Life’s journey achieved


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Morning’s Disruption

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Cloudy, overcast sky

Hiding morning’s sunshine

Waiting with her reply

Nature’s latest headline


Forecast calling for rain

Arriving right on time

Watering farmers’ grain

Nature’s unchanging rhyme


Lightning crackling with fire

Sparking thunderous clouds

Hearing heavenly choir

Nature’s clamorous crowds


Peace returning to earth

Singing with calm voices

Anchoring at her berth

Nature’s sun rejoices


Disruption retreating

Clearing sky welcomed back

Sketching springtime’s greeting

Nature’s morning on track


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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.

Morning’s Delight

Central Ohio’s Walnut Woods Metro Park is located a short drive from my home.  I frequently walk the park, and a recent one inspires this poem.  Enjoy these photos taken back in April, 2019.

Sunrise greets another morning walk.

Alarm clock spurring

Nature park invites

Sweet song birds stirring

This morning’s delight


Sunrise opens sky

Clouds sliding away

Welcomes this Buckeye

Creation’s ballet


Quiet moments smile

Spirit walks each trail

Partner with each mile

Fresh air to inhale


Life’s cherished highlights

Blessed start to day

Nature’s revered sights

Moments filled with play


Joyful heart, rejoice

Walk comes to its end

Creation’s brisk voice

Morning’s steady friend

Tranquil spring morning along Walnut Creek.

Saturday’s Bliss

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Alarm clock sleeping in

Saturday morning waits

Lazy minutes calling

Extra coffee’s first mate


Day’s blessed, empty page

Life’s agenda on pause

Batteries recharging

Kicking back, just because


Quiet morning moments

Coffee’s second cup smiles

Never stuck in traffic

Saturday’s endless miles


This truly special day

Sharing its own sunshine

Life’s gray clouds chased away

Loving each hour, so fine


Each week’s favorite time

Carefree pace never shifts

Energized spirit sings

Saturday shares its gifts

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