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Do you enjoy writing or reading poetry?  Most of the posts on Big Sky Buckeye are 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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Welcome to another TGIF (Thank God in Faithfulness) edition of Big Sky Buckeye’s writing journey.  I appreciate you have stopped in for a quick visit, and today’s post shares some humor about life (we need an extra serving today) with three short poems in “Humor from Home (Haiku Series #91).”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on August 14 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 August 14 from the words of American pastor and Christian teacher Charles Stanley.  His message reminds us to never be reluctant to serve our Lord.

Many of you enjoy photography (either your own or someone else’s).  A tranquil, summer morning scene is captured at a central Ohio pond.  Check out the new photograph added on August 4 in the Photo Gallery. 

Recent Posts

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 and writings can be found in the archives.  Enjoy!

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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Do You Ever Wonder?

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Receiving as a birthday gift a FitBit

Does it really get used or just sit?

Spending millions on endless and repeated television ads

Why do rising drug prices make me feel like I’ve been had?

Eating at a restaurant that advertises a menu of “real good” food

Will someone explain the meaning of “good” to change my mood?

Listening to “Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas” again

Did I see singer Burl Ives slyly wink and grin?

Watching commercials with animals who talk

When is enough really enough before I walk?

Viewing a media event at the President’s home

Would anyone really care if he was left alone? 

Finding my pill box in my small travel bag

Why does a missing pill want to play tag?

Seeing country music stars dressed up for glamour and glitz

Does anyone remember “Hee-Haw” and Roy Clark’s guitar blitz?

Reading a label on the side effects of my new meds

How would I really know about being allergic instead?

Standing below the mistletoe on a freezing winter night

When was the last time anyone was kissed in its sight?

Sitting unused in the corner of the basement

Why did I buy that bicycle for my amazement?

Frustrating advertisements that insult common sense

Do I really need to feel that dimwitted and dense?

Assembling an “easy to build” children’s’ playground

Do the leftover parts mean that my work is sound?

 

 

 

Man-Cave Friends

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Exercising tonight on my stationary bike

Making me feel very much like a young tike

Listening to a playlist of songs from the past

Hoping that my strength and stamina will last

Setting a quick pace as the pedaling begins

Missing a day on the bike would be quite a sin

Biking regularly in this Man-Cave each night

Looking around the room, there is quite a sight

Sharing space with a sofa full of Teddy Bears

Watching and smiling at me as they all stare

Pushing and pulling the handles in front of my face

Pedaling with high energy at a fast and furious pace

My biking adventure will continue all of this week

Realizing these “beary” friends will be here to peek

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

A “Perfect” Memory

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I’m proud of my endless and flawless memory

Any lapses in my recall are strictly temporary

As a small child from many years ago

My memories remain vivid, this I know

My family stands astonished and amazed

While my data files work through a maze

I remember many, many things from my past

Hoping that these remarkable powers will last

Many beautiful memories organized to be found

I am thrilled by a brain that is sharp and sound

Sometimes my mind feels like an encyclopedia

Please don’t ever challenge me with Wikipedia 

God has blessed me with an awesome mind

My car keys . . . Will you please help me find?

 

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.

 

 

Riding the Train

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Lying awake in bed on a sultry summer night

A boy listens to moving trains out of his sight

Dreaming of riding a passenger train is a thrill

The North Coast Limited quickly travels at will

Riding the Northern Pacific Railway’s pride and joy

My Dad takes me on a train trip at last—oh boy! 

Sitting together in one of the coach cars is so much fun

We experience all that connects a father with his son

Shuffling down the aisle, a steward offers food

A restaurant in Glendive awaits our hungry mood

Making its journey to Montana’s “Gateway City” today

The train passes by many small towns along the way

Flashing quickly by—Custer, Hathaway, and Terry

The North Coast Limited acts as our trusted ferry

Feeling the safe and rocking motion of the train

My eyes soon close, and my Dad’s do the same

Waking up as the half-filled train comes to a gradual halt

We look out the window—the town of Forsyth is at fault

Picking up steam, the trip continues on its way to the East

A river runs alongside as the train powers up like a beast

Finishing this exciting journey and reaching our destination

Glendive will serve as today’s final Montana train station

Accompanying my Dad as he takes care of his affairs

We enjoy dinner and stay overnight without any cares

Returning back to Billings the very next morn

I believe that train travel should be my norm

Sitting in the cozy dining car, we are treated quite well

The elegantly set table makes my pancakes taste swell

Moving up to the observation car, we enjoy a most beautiful view

The Yellowstone River flows in a channel never straight and true

Hurtling past more towns—Rosebud and Fallon go past

It’s too bad that our captivating journey cannot last

Remembering again those images and sounds of the train

Memories of the North Coast Limited will always remain

I actually made this trip with my father back in the late 1960s.  Read more about the Northern Pacific Railway’s amazing passenger service from North Coast Limited.

 

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

 

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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