Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Snow Fog

Day after Christmas.
December meltdown.
Warm air strokes cold earth.

Snow fog

escapes from the woods,
floats over the fields,
dances with the wind.
© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Grattan Township - Kent County, Michigan

Thursday, December 22, 2016


To my Creator:
I promise to open my eyes
every day of my life
with hopeful expectation,
with gratitude for the gifts
I have been given,
and for all the days
I have been blessed
to be alive in this world.
© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Home Woods

2. Bear Creek - Townsend Park - Kent County, Michigan 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Daylight Moon

I like to be surprised 
by  the daylight moon,

so that when I discover it,
like a circular cloud
hidden in a vast blue sky,
I'll know 
it's been 
for me 
© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Home - Cannonsburg, Michigan

Friday, December 16, 2016


The Cardinal may be common,
but he announces dawn,
 declares dusk for us,
and remains loyal
and present
through the seasons;

raising a brood,
finding food;
even in winter,
he appears,
and reappears, calling:
"what cheer, cheer, cheer,"
or, "pretty, pretty, pretty."

while wearing
that bold red uniform
proper and suitable
for his cardinal duties.
© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo LocationTownsend Park - Kent County, Michigan

Play the Cardinal call  from Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Monday, December 12, 2016


Live in each season as it passes, ...
And resign yourself to the influences of each.
Be blown on by all the winds." 

~ Henry  David  Thoreau 
Journal - August 23, 1853

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Journal Entries II

December 5, 1976                    High  30°          Low  18°      Snow =  5"

© 2012 Richard Havenga

December 5, 2012            High  26°        Low  20°     Snow =  2"

© 2012 Richard Havenga

You may also enjoy Journal Entries - November 27, 2012

Photo Locations: Home Woods, Home Fields

Monday, December 5, 2016


As the winter wind
practices on your face,
can you feel
the rush of years
recording your days,
piling into
deep drifts
of accumulated

© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Townsend Park - Kent County, Michigan

2. Kent County, Michigan

Friday, December 2, 2016


What has been given
to me,
I want to give
to you:

The magnificent melody
of the Wood Thrush
singing its praise song
on a fresh morning in May. 

The purple clusters
of Lupine
thriving in the
cool Colorado rain.

The flutter of golden
aspen leaves
trembling on their twigs
in the September mountains.

The patter of raindrops
falling a second time;
from the bare twigs
to the forest floor.

Mountain rivers
swirling past Ponderosas
and rushing
between boulders.

What God has given
to me,
I now give
to you. 
© 2016 Richard Havenga

You may also enjoy: "Finding Gifts" - December, 2014

Photo Locations:

1. & 4, Home Woods  (Call of the Wood Thrush )

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fragments of Poetry 19

"... the grass.

it anchors sand in place,

then names itself,
signing landscape

by bending in a gentle curve,

swaying half-circles, penning
a transitory letter..." 

from the poem: "Meditation On Creation" by Anne-Marie Oomen 
in:  Seasons of the Sleeping Bear  p.22

Photo LocationWhitefish Point Bird Observatory - Lake Superior - Paradise, Michigan 

You may also enjoy previous "Fragments"...

Fragments of Poetry 16 - September 29, 2016

Fragments of Poetry 15 - February 8, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016


While Willets wade
the shallow surf,

Sanderlings design
and redesign
the saturated sand,

signing their signatures
with temporary tracks,

and feeding while 
the water's receding, 

then leaving.
© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Sunset BeachNorth Carolina

2. 3. 4. & 5. Lover's Key State Park - Bonita SpringsFlorida 

Monday, November 14, 2016


you, the patient one,
please count the silver jewels
on this dome of dew
© 2015 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Ada Township - Kent County, Michigan

Monday, November 7, 2016


Wading and walking
with slow stealth,
dark feet slip
into dark water;
barely a ripple,
graceful as a ballerina,

yet ready as a warrior
to thrust its spear,
to plunge with precision
at a silver minnow,
to pierce its silver scales;
or miss.

Now waiting again;
yellow eyes
intensely focused,
prepared for prey,
patient as a monk,
still as stone,
wading the wetlands,
stalking in silence,
this master of the marsh,
this fierce, feathered warrior.

© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. & 2. Rogue River - RockfordMichigan 

3. & 4. Eagle Lakes Park - NaplesFlorida 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


The wind subsides
near the end of this day.

Along the edge
of the woods,
trees settle;
their leaves whisper
good evening.

Tips of branches
bow, then rise;
bow in reverence,
rise in gratitude.
© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Location:  Townsend Park - Kent County, Michigan

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Temporary Jewels

A single stalk of autumn grass,
heavy with ripened seeds,
holds the temporary home
of an unknown spider.

Its meticulous labor 
performed overnight.

At dawn it becomes
the domed receptacle
for an infinite number
of minuscule particles;
radiant and brilliant,
visible vapor.

A thousand points of light.
Temporary jewels.
Memorable gifts.  
© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Ada Township, Kent County, Michigan

Monday, October 24, 2016

tractor pull

geese form a union
tractor pull in Michigan
it could happen here

© 2015 Richard Havenga

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Bench

Come sit with me
on this autumn bench.
We can watch the ivy 
surrounding us
turn yellow and red.

And comment on the people
observing us, as they
enter and leave the shop.
Let us age with confidence;
and cling to each other
as the ivy clings to 
the brick wall behind us;
content with the present,
yet open to changes.

Confident in the future.
© 2016 Richard Havenga

Monday, October 17, 2016

Every October

Every October, 
sumac flames from the fencerow:
with leaves perfectly parallel,
with veins backlit by the sun,
with leaflets toothed and touched
by dynamic reds and oranges;
every tapered tip
pointing to its creator,
glowing in the grace
of a consuming fire.
© 2016 Richard Havenga
"...let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,  for our God is a consuming fire."  ~ Heb. 12: 28-29

Photo Locations:  Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan

Thursday, October 13, 2016

words continue

As time extends
through this third season,
the autumn of our days;

the sun continues
its shallow arc
across our diminishing days

winds continue
to wrestle
the leafy arms of trees;

birds continue
to ride the invisible air,
to follow known migration routes;

bees continue
to enter
the remaining autumn asters;

and words continue
to dream
of entering poems.
© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations

1. Townsend Park - Kent County, Michigan 

2. & 3. Ada Township - Kent County, Michigan

Monday, October 10, 2016

Taste of Morning

I love the taste of morning,
and the warm splash
of early light
upon the fields.

And the hard work 
of the farmers
coming into fruition,
approaching harvest.
© 2016 Richard Havenga

  Photo Locations:

1. Soybeans, 2. Corn & Hay, 3. Soybeans - Lowell Township - Kent County - Michigan 

Thursday, October 6, 2016


reaching into space
searching for something to grasp
hope for the future

© 2016 Richard Havenga

Monday, October 3, 2016

Found Poetry 2

Often, when I'm reading prose, (usually creative non-fiction, and nature related essays) I discover during the re-reading , that certain passages sound very much like poems. I know this is nothing remarkable to writers and discerning readers, but it occurs frequently in my reading. This is my second example of "Found Poetry"...

"The liturgy of dawn signals the wonder of the arriving day. The magic of darkness breaking through into color and light is such a promise of invitation and possibility." 

To Bless the Space Between Us (A Book of Blessings)  © 2008
by John O'Donohue  (p. 191)

You may also enjoy: Found Poetry (May 18, 2015)

Photo Location:

1. Bushnell, Florida 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fragments of Poetry 17

"From the marshy cove
the bullfrog offers thoughts
on the proper limits of ambition."

~ from the poem: "Camp Evergreen"

~ from the book: Jane Kenyon - Collected Poems p. 110

You may also enjoy previous "Fragments"...

Fragments of Poetry 15 - Feb. 8, 2016

Fragments of Poetry 14 - Oct. 24, 2014 

Fragments of Poetry 13 - Oct. 6, 2014 

Photo LocationPickerel Lake Park / Fred Meijer Nature Preserve