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Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are filled with poetry, but I also share short stories, photography, and a few surprises along the way. You are invited to sit a spell and find something you like.  I enjoy sharing my curiosity through my writing.  You are welcome to like, comment, follow, share, or reblog a post.

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Greetings Big Sky Buckeye readers!  I am heading to my native state of Montana on Wednesday (January 19), and I will not return back to my home in Ohio for about a month.  My mother is recovering from surgery to repair a broken hip, and she needs help from my wife and I.  New posts will continue through Thursday.  While I am away, I will be turning off my comments until I return.  I appreciate everyone’s patience and please take care.

Each Tuesday shares another opportunity to post a series of short poems, which are written in the Japanese-inspired style of Haiku.  Each week the theme varies, and today’s revolves around how life allows us to manage “Stepping Forward.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on January 18 in From My Journal.  While Big Sky Buckeye enjoys writing poetry and short stories, much of his journal writing is inspired from reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts.

You are invited to read a quote updated on January 18 from thoughts shared from the words of American writer and poet Madeleine L’EngleShe delivers a message filled with enjoying our maturing lives as well as making our listening a priority.

Here’s my Baker’s Dozen, featuring 13 of my recent writings from the past couple of weeks.  Each post is linked to take you right to its location.  Other poems, short stories, and feature writings can be found in the archives (found at the top of the page), which will be updated frequently with past selections.  Enjoy!

Monday Memories: Fulfilling a Writer’s Fate

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Lying awake in bed, feeling ready to write

Morning light feeling much too bright


Searching in my head for ideas to write about

Will today’s words offer and deliver much clout?


Sitting, thinking, and sitting . . . nothing!

Why can’t my mind create something?


Perhaps more coffee will warm up my mind

Hoping that possible ideas may soon be mine


Do all writers usually feel this way?

With little or nothing to really say


Hunger offers quick, necessary break

Nutritious breakfast, now I will make


Finished eating and returning to my writing table

Satisfied appetite doesn’t make me anymore able


Struggling through another writer’s block

Tired eyes continue watching the ticking clock


Wow!  This short poem I now create

Finally, fulfilling my writer’s fate 


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Gaston Bachelard Quote

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To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful.

True poetry is a function of awakening.  It awakens us, but it must remain the memory of previous dreams.

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) contributed to French culture as a philosopher. His writings are quite extensive.

Matthew Arnold Quotes

For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur, the power of the man and the power of the moment, and the man is not enough without the moment.

Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.

A Writer’s Way

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Discovering words with something to say

Penning poems and stories every day


Draining cups of coffee, right on cue

Feeling emptiness, like singing the blues


Holding on to thoughts, waiting to give birth

Sailing onward, words waiting to unearth


Painting with dazzling textures, shapes, and hues

Viewing sketches, filling these eyes with clues


Searching for future poems, like twinkling stars

Linking verses while traveling to Mars


Crafting words, really not science you see

Navigating this writer’s mind, feeling free


Seeking prose, lost deep in this writer’s soul

Uncovering a few, making each day full


Looking for stories, over each rainbow

Finding inspiring words, eager to flow


Drinking more coffee, than one should consume

Creating endless text, now ready to bloom


Grasping this pen, creating one more tune

Drafting a masterpiece, ready by Noon


Writing encounters monumental quests

Hoping these words will always pass all tests


Honoring these writing moments, so sweet

Dreaming of fashioning each splendid treat

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Never Taken for Granted

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Never taken for granted

A young nation moves forward to be brave and free

To remove the shackles of oppression so others see

A soldier takes a bullet in a far, distant land

To protect freedoms that will always stand

Thomas Jefferson will never have to write a sequel

To state for all to read, “All men are created equal”

A minister preaches to a racially divided nation

To envision “free at last” will be his final station

A newspaper criticizes the government with much to say

To reinforce freedom of the press is always here to stay

A hesitant nation awakens while its other allies fight

To bring her vast resources in a victory full of might

A mother takes a stand at a school board meeting

To support a worthy novel that is taking a beating

A crowd protests peacefully in a city very near

To bring attention to issues without any fear

A writer uses his words to bring an issue to light

To encourage all to make a difference and fight

A President hides behind the sins of Watergate

To shamefully resign from office will be his fate

Workers strike to protest low wages and more

To organize labor unions to even up the score

A young politician inspires and leads the way

To become a worthy leader with much to say

Other nations come to the aid of a valued friend

To bring support with the troops that they send

Students stare into TV cameras with one voice

Violence in schools is truly not about a choice

A former republic declines and fades away

To witness freedom’s erosion without delay

Christ’s red blood stains an old rugged cross

To bring a second chance for all who are lost

Never taken for granted





Haiku Series #5

Too Fast

An afternoon drive

Racing down a narrow road

Hairpin turn ahead


Soccer Fans

Dressed like Eskimos

Freezing in the stands today

How much time to go?


Contagious Laughter

Two laughs follow one

Another and another

Hilarious fun


Last Second Shot

Game clock ticks downward

Precious seconds slip away

Swish—Nothing but net!


Let It Snow

Powder snow arrives

Deeper with each passing hour

Skiers rejoicing


Dental Visit

Sitting back in chair

Extracting teeth one by one

Wisdom teeth all gone


Check out previous Haiku posts:  Haiku 1, Haiku 2, Haiku 3, Haiku 4.



Merry Christmas!


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Merry Christmas to each and all!  I have enjoyed sharing my writing with so many of you as well as reading what others write and share.  May you experience the peace and the joy of this Christmas.

Another Christmas season arrives in Buckeye land

Bringing to all, warm wishes to write out by hand

To family and friends who have touched our lives

Sending glad tidings so that you’ll smile and thrive

The past year has been filled with very much to cheer

Retiring from successful careers brings little to fear

Christmas trees light the way for holiday joy

Spotting children anxious to find a new toy

The coming New Year brings much hope to all

Saluting a “2019” that will stand amazingly tall!

European Christmas Traditions



Americans celebrate many Christmas traditions from far away

Several come from Europe, continuing to bless lives to this day

Each Christmas in Europe is observed on one of two dates

The Gregorian or Julian calendar will determine its fate

Much of the European continent observes St. Nicholas Day

Exchanging gifts of sweets will make it the merriest of days

In German homes, Advent calendars are displayed each year

Eating sweet fruit bread and exchanging gifts with those near

Spain holds special Midnight Mass throughout its vast land

Walking the streets on Christmas Eve with torches in hand

French homes decorated with Christ’s Nativity will bring light

Burning in fireplaces, cherry wood Yule logs illuminate bright

“Old Man Christmas” is Romania’s Father Christmas—Santa’s tagline

Singing Christmas carols, smiling and blessed children pass the time

November and December fill Danish life with parties so fun

Receiving extra presents as each Advent Sunday is done

St. Nicholas visits expectant children in Ukrainian towns

Singing on the streets, Christmas carols remove sad frowns

Naples is home to the largest Nativity scene of all-time

Enjoying Italian Christmas cake and hot chocolate is fine

Many British homes decorate two Christmas trees

Decorating with much holly, ivy, and mistletoe to see

America’s European ancestors brought much to this land

Celebrating Christmas with traditions so holy and grand

Much of the research for this poem came from Christmas Traditions






Finding Last-Minute Gifts

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Scanning my unique Christmas list for another year

Wondering if anyone is still shopping without fear

The number of Christmas shopping days will run out soon

Hopeful merchants want receipts to total up to the moon

Searching everywhere for gift ideas unique and new

Could my special someone really need and use a few?

A 21st Century home needs to stay up-to-date

Out with old gadgets, in with the new is its fate

Some gifts are for grown-ups—still being cool and rocking!

This ultimate Christmas list will fill up anyone’s stocking

A cordless wine opener quickly comes to my mind

Where is that old corkscrew in a drawer to find?

A waffle bowl maker just might surprise and do the trick

Perfect for filling with ice cream so decadent and thick

Tired from cleaning my home with effort too much

Perhaps a floor mopping robot has the magic touch

Serious wine drinkers keep refilling their glass

The Chugmate keeps one’s goblet filled in a dash

Spying a toilet paper blaster to add to one’s fun

Shooting bits of bath tissue at my little grandson

Special and unique gifts for anyone on your list

Search online today for those last-minute gifts