Monday, February 29, 2016


looking back
down the road
recently traveled; 
the road whose edges
have softened and crumbled,

will today's moments 
hold fast
if I concentrate the words,
form them, like rocks, 
into concrete sentences,

mortar the memories
into a durable structure
to contain what I feel
building in my mind,
my heart, my soul?

©  2016  Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

2. San Francisco Mountains - Luna, New Mexico 

3. Cannonsburg, Michigan

Monday, February 15, 2016

Shadow of the Hawk

Hiking this bouldered trail
on my earth bound existence,
I am suddenly touched
by the passing shadow
of a Red-tailed Hawk.

Above these foothills
scattered with Ponderosa,
he is sailing in circles.

Below these cumulus
growing whiter and brighter,
he is dancing on the wind.

Under this intensely blue
Colorado sky,
this flying shadow
felt like a brief blessing. 

It was.
© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1, 2, 3: Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado 

4. Kent County, Michigan

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fragments of Poetry 15

"How astonishing it is
when some floating sense of exaltation
or desperation sharpens into
a phrase that bursts uninvited,
into consciousness, ... and soon
this little jewel of a thing is born
and grows up to be a poem."

~ Luci Shaw - from: What the Light Was Like © 2006

You may also enjoy:

Fragments of Poetry 14 ~ October 24, 2014

Fragments of Poetry 12 ~ February 12, 2014

Fragments of Poetry 9 ~ May 9, 2013

JewelweedImpatiens pallida~ Photography by Richard Havenga

Monday, February 1, 2016


God displays his presence
through eyes newly opened.

God speaks his presence
through ears seeking his voice.

God shares his presents
through kind hearts sharing his gifts.

© 2016 Richard Havenga

Photo Info:

1. Mayapple leaf 2. Mayapple flower 3. Mayapple fruit 

All photographed in our Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan