Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Given



 
 
Accept
what is given;
give thanks for
today.
 
Make the ordinary
extra ordinary;
and give it back
again.
 
Pray.
 
©  2013  Richard Havenga


 

 
 
 
 
Photo Location:
 
Parnell,  (St. Patrick's Church)  Kent County,  Michigan 
 
 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Horizontality II



well beyond sunset
Lake Michigan horizon
colors fading fast
 
©  2013  Richard Havenga
 
 
 
 
You may also like: Horizontality - September 28, 2012


Photo Location:  Grand Haven,  (Grand Haven)  Michigan  (Michigan)



Friday, November 22, 2013

Relentless




             ocean
                            churning
                                              against
                                                               continents,

          relentless
                             waves
                                              mocking
                                                                 time...

         forever.



Photo Location:

Pacific Grove, (Pacific Grove)  California 





Friday, November 15, 2013

tempus fugit



soft shades of yellow
last night's raindrops cling to twig
drops and leaves will fall
 
 
©  2013  Richard Havenga
 
 

 
 
 
Sugar MapleAcer saccharum  (Acer saccharinum) 
 
Photo Location:
 
Townsend Park,  (Townsend)  Kent County,  Michigan (Michigan)
 
 
 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Strip Trees Show




After a hard freeze,
at twenty degrees,
our Red Oak trees
lost their leaves
in a November breeze.
 
©  2013  Richard Havenga



Photo Location:

Home Woods




Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day II




No words
can embrace
the immense gratitude
I feel for our U.S. Veterans
who paid the
ultimate sacrifice
for our freedom. 






See also: Veteran's Day  November 11, 2012



Photo Location:

Santa Fe National Cemetery  (Veteran's Cemetery)  Santa Fe,  (Santa Fe) New Mexico (NM)








Saturday, November 9, 2013

High Silence




A soft-edged cirrus
drifts slowly overhead.

A white feather
gliding in high silence
from west to east.

Like the last bird
of evening.





Photo Location:

Home Land




Thursday, November 7, 2013

Slicing the Dawn




Crows burst
through morning fog
on ebony wings;
like blades, glossy
with blackness.


Slicing the dawn,
slashing the silence,
proclaiming their
presence.

©  2013  Richard Havenga


Photo Location

Home Woods

Monday, November 4, 2013

Filled




What
God has
provided:

A long life
of awareness
and astonishment.

Fully awake.
Fully present.
Shared with purpose.

Remarkably impressed.
Abundantly blessed.
Gratitude expressed.
©  2013  Richard Havenga

Photo Location:
Tin Cup,  Colorado (Colorado)




Friday, November 1, 2013

Cloud Music


While you read "Cloud Music", play this segment from Beethoven's 6th Symphony: (Pastoral)


What kind of music
is streaming from above;
pouring through holes
in the stratus various
blanket?

Does it contain
tenderness and yearning,
filling with desire,
or late evening melancholy,
flooding with memories?

Alive
in the moment,
listening to the performance,
grateful for God's gifts
at the close of this day.

On invisible instruments
the music has played.
Absorbed within, during
this fragment of time,
this fleeting moment.

While clouds thicken
and the horizon darkens,
the cold winds of November
carry the music
away.
©  2013  Richard Havenga





Photo Location

Ada Township,  Kent County,  Michigan (Michigan)