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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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Today brings an opportunity to share another poem from the “Monday Memories” series.  Today’s poem was previously published in March, 2019, and it is one of my early Christian-themed poems.  It was written on a day when I was experiencing my own struggles (see the note at the end of the poem).  My wish is that you will feel the strength of our awesome God in “Monday Memories:  God’s Mighty Fortress.”

In addition to my writing, view another journal entry posted on January 27 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 encouraged to read a quote updated on January 27 from American author Catherine Marshall.  Her words remind us that God stands ready to open a door of hope in our lives.

Many of you enjoy photography (either your own or someone else’s).  Central Ohio is blessed with various recreational opportunities from Hoover Reservoir.  Check out the new photograph added on January 22 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

Nighttime Rain

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Lying wide awake during a lonely, rainy night

Hearing the moisture-rich drops taking flight

Trying to return to a blissful sleep without any pause

Failing because of music those steady drops will cause

Remembering Eddie Rabbitt’s song of a beautiful sight

Declaring once again that he truly loves a rainy night

Imagining each single, rainy drop bouncing about

Wetting the arid ground with its mighty clout

Rolling eyes over the walls of a darkened room

Realizing that morning light will be here soon

Recalling rainy mirages from times back in the past

Hoping now that the rain shower will continue to last

Thinking of more puddles that continue to flow about

Seeing the runoff now flooding as the creek spills out

Driving down a wet, shiny road with lights burning bright

Blinding radiance bounces back to impair one’s eyesight

Wondering where that beat-up umbrella went

Needing it later despite being twisted and bent

Smelling the soft fragrance of a summer rain

Knowing that its sweet fullness will slowly wane

Allowing the steady patter of rain to sing

Falling asleep before the new day brings

Dreaming of future adventures in a drizzle so wet

Knowing that it will offer more than I’ve seen yet

 

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.