Thursday, March 22, 2018

Waves of Light

Waves of light
carrying dawn,
crest over the earth,
washing away 
yesterday's worries,
delivering a new day,
a new creation,
a new start.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

Monday, March 19, 2018

leafless light

On these short days,
during the long,
leafless light of winter,
my view expands;

penetrates the woods
once blocked
by a tangled
curtain of green.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations: Home Woods - CannonsburgMichigan 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ancient Oaks

Ancient oaks
holding time
within their solid wood;

ancient stars
visible through
leafless branches.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Home Woods - CannonsburgMichigan 

2. LovelandColorado  

Monday, March 12, 2018


horses on the hill
Wyoming winter grazing
getting what they can

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location:  Centennial,  Wyoming 

Thursday, March 8, 2018


beech leaves in the fog
good time for a winter walk
enter and follow

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Grattan Township - Kent County, Michigan 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Silent Towers

Rooted in the solid earth,
nourished by mineralized soil,
stretching for the sun's light,

prayers of gratitude
rise from arms
raised toward Heaven.

Such satisfying work.

God, please grant me
the perseverance 
of these trees;
these silent towers
of praise.

after that final,
wonder-filled journey,

I shall be 
in the light.

And understand
the mystery.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan 

2. Snake River - Grand Teton National Park - Wyoming

Friday, March 2, 2018

blue eye

blue eye to the sky
high elevation wetland
Colorado green

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo LocationMolas Pass - Hwy 550 - Colorado 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fragments of Poetry 18

the desire
to make
is the piece
of God
that is inside
each of us."

from the poem "Franz Marc's Blue Horses" by Mary Oliver

from her book: Blue Horses - © 2014  (p. 43)

Photo Location: Cannonsburg State Game Area / Hiking Project - Cannonsburg, Michigan 

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Still Listening

Clouds are clearing
as dusk darkens.

Stars, invisible in daylight,

renew their familiar geography.

Mystery is pulsing
through the universe.

The night wind whispers
through the trees.

Echoes from the past
embrace my heart and mind.

My soul is still listening

to the voice of God.

The Holy Spirit within

offers words of inspiration.

I've traveled many years to get here,

and still, I await the blessed hope.

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. & 2. Catalina, Arizona

3. Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Reading the River

The steady pull of the river
carries you toward the future,
proposing your purpose;

dropping the residue of regret,
now accumulating unseen
in the silt of the riverbed.

Rounded wrinkles swirl on the surface;
appearing and disappearing.

The fluid edges of light
bending blue and gold.

Like opportunities for change
sliding over the smooth current
of the present.

Slowing down, 
taking some time
to see what else
the river may bring. 
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo LocationPickerel Lake Park ~ Fred Meijer Nature Preserve

Monday, February 12, 2018

Meeting Dusk

Never late
for its meeting
with dusk;
darkness arrives,
carrying time
on its solid, black back.

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Front Range - Colorado Rockies - LovelandColorado

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Silver Arcs

Like the wake of a boat,
the effect of our lives
expands, unrolls,
long after we've

The long-lived ripples
all point to the source;
whether credit or blame,
generous or selfish,
love shared or withheld. 

Moments and memories
move out in silver arcs
eventually slipping away,
leveling out into tranquility.

Our course
still determined
by our  source:
our ever-loving God. 
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations Wabasis Lake Park - Kent County, Michigan 

Monday, February 5, 2018

"Sacred Silence"

"Sacred silence.
holy ocean,
gentle water,
washing over me;

help me listen,
Holy Spirit,
come and speak to me.

Come and be with me.
Come and speak to me." 

Photo Location:  Beverly BeachOregon

Text/Music: © 2011 Tom Booth

"Sacred Silence" -Tom Booth © 2011

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Punctuation Quails

comma on the left
quotation mark on the right
punctuation quails
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Gambel's Quail - Catalina, Arizona 

Monday, January 29, 2018


Here in the desert,
my words evaporate
too quickly in the
glare of the sun.

Back home in Michigan,
my words accumulate;

piling up
on paper.

Clinging to memories.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo LocationTownsend Park - Kent County - Michigan

Monday, January 22, 2018

Slowly Falling Snow

As the falling snow 
quiets the day,
and softens 
the edges of this life,

I sit in my chair,
watching the winter
passing slowly,
watching the snow
falling slowly,
watching my life
passing briskly.

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Tuxedo Creek - Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Arizona Nights

Arizona nights
mesmerized by desert stars
and coyote calls

Photo Location: Orion ~ from: Catalina, Arizona 

Friday, January 12, 2018


The evening grows quiet.
The quiet melts into silence.

A suitable time for
a prayer of praise.

Words of worship
penetrating the clouds,
ascending the atmosphere;

already accepted
along the way
to their final
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Ohio Creek Rd. - GunnisonColorado 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Ballet Beneath the Stars

She was hoping the clouds would clear,
was waiting for darkness to arrive.

Waiting for the stars to begin
their silent, distant dance.

Ready to begin her own alone dance,
to the silent music playing in her head;

with no one in the universe watching,
except, perhaps, her guardian angels.

Under this glittering galaxy,
a ballet beneath the stars.

Grace and gratitude.
Close enough to feel.
© 2017 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Art Prize ~ 2013 -Grand Rapids, Michigan

2. Orion ~ from Catalina, Arizona 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Into Tomorrow

Allow your eyes
to celebrate with
the land you live in.

Follow the arc of the sun,
the curve of the seasons,
the slow path of patient stars,
the grasses and trees 
dancing with the wind.

Be present
as time unfolds.

Carry with you
into tomorrow,
all that today offers.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Centennial, Wyoming 

2. Longmont, Colorado 

3. Dayton , Wyoming 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January Fields

silent as moonlight
in a January field
fox tracks in the snow

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Grattan Township - Kent County, Michigan