Monday, November 28, 2016

Fragments of Poetry 17

"... 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