Nature’s Calling (Haiku Series #138)

Captivating

Mountains to valleys

Earth’s blessed contrasts invite—

Highest to lowest

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Everlasting

Probing earth’s oceans

Endless waters reaching shore–

Never grows weary

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Spellbinding

Galaxy’s journey

Universe enriches life—

First contact with stars

Her Spirit Lives

Montana’s Crazy Mountains (courtesy of Pinterest).

Howling wind joins darkness

From mountains standing tall

Screaming into valleys

Her spirit lives to bawl

 

River bottom cuts through

Shudders at her loud cry

Escaping into night

Her spirit never dies

 

Myths and legends live on

Woman wanders away

Never noticed again

Her spirit roams to prey

 

Crazy Woman Mountains

Dramatic island range

Lives into eternity

Her spirit must not change

 

Another winter night

Shivering voice calls out

Noisy lungs never sleep

Her spirit lives throughout

Another view taken from the south with the Yellowstone River in the foreground with autumn’s colors (courtesy of Pinterest).

Montana’s Crazy Mountains stand as a sentry above the valley near the town of Big Timber.  Nicknamed the “Crazies,” the wind always seems to be blowing.  If you wish to read more about them, here is a link to the mountains.

Faith and Mountains

From Mark 11:23:  “Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you.”

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Life facing complex, hurting world

Rugged mountain peaks, blocking us

Never be in doubt, but believe

Accepting God’s grace, ride His bus

 

Immovable mountains stand tall

Remaining steadfast in prayer

Requiring faith in our Father

God watches over our welfare

 

Lacking faith, walking in darkness

Our Father sends His lasting grace

Prepared and willing to assist

His energy, ready to embrace

 

God seeks men and women of faith

Follow His Word, forever speaks

For our Lord’s glory and kingdom

Trusting Him, tackling mountain peaks

 

Believe totally in the Lord

Walking in faithfulness each day

Our faith moves our Father to act

Thanks be to God, He shows the way! 

 

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From the words of American pastor and author, E. M. Bounds:  “Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer can move God.”

Scenic Mountain Vistas

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Sitting home, isolated and alone

Taking virtual trips, changes life’s tone

 

America’s landscapes invite us in

Scenic mountain vistas, adventures grin

 

Alaska Range, home to our northernmost peaks

Denali “the tall one” forever speaks

 

Cascade Range roams the Pacific Northwest

Snow-capped volcanoes offer stunning quests

 

Sierra Nevada’s enchanted land

Host national parks, majestic and grand

 

Rocky Mountains form this nation’s backbone

Stunning beauty, more precious than gemstones

 

Sawtooth Mountains salute from Idaho

Endless summits bring skiers to the snow

 

Bighorn Mountains, sacred to native ways

Montana-Wyoming border sings praise

 

Adirondack Mountains, New York’s playground

Winter skiing, fall foliage—best around

 

Great Smoky Mountains push for Tennessee

Fog-covered peaks, spellbinding all agree

 

Blue Ridge Mountains welcome us back home

Free-flowing Shenandoah smiles and roams

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Wherever you live or where your travels take you, you may have a favorite mountain paradise.  One of my precious favorites is the Beartooth Mountains in south-central Montana, a stone’s throw away from Yellowstone National Park.  

You are invited to share one of your special places in the comments.

Montana’s rugged Beartooth Mountains [photo courtesy of pinterest].

Mountaintop Wedding

 

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Montana’s Lone Mountain stands above most peaks

Providing skiing challenges and thrills for all to seek

 

Today brings sweet, special time on this tallest mountain

Witnessing marriage joy, more beautiful than any fountain

 

On cloudless and frigid Friday, love will indeed arrive

Blessing God’s joining of two people, to forever thrive

 

This loving couple enjoys their shared passion to ski

Planning to tie marital knot, wedding party shall see

 

Carried to lofty summit, gondola ride quite soaring

Bride and groom cement their love at mid-morning

 

There’s no more beautiful moment than a wedding

Linking of two lives as one, in this majestic setting

 

Wedding vows exchanged in blusterous, bitter cold

Sharing their simple words of love, special and bold

 

Precious wedding rings left at home, safely hidden

Dropping them in deep powder, would be forbidden

 

Brief ceremony proceeds to its eventual conclusion

Watching husband kissing wife, seals God’s union

 

Newly married couple, outfitted in finest skiing attire

Skiing as husband and wife, before daylight expires

 

Easy to find, youthful bride finishing her downhill run

Wearing white veil on top of her helmet, just for fun

 

Husband and wife, skiers with remarkable skill

Sharing and enjoying further runs, sharing thrills

 

Holy Father sanctifying this couple’s wedding day

Smiling at faithful love, with beloved words to say

 

My youngest daughter and her wonderful husband were married on February 2, 2018.  Yes, they were married just below the summit of Lone Mountain in southwestern Montana.  I honor their union with this poem.  The picture was taken by a member of the wedding party, and it captures the newlyweds completing their first ski run as husband and wife.