Thursday, May 24, 2018



I will lend you my words
so you may see
what I have seen
through the eyes of my heart.

May your vision
be illuminated
by words chosen
to shine upon the page;

chosen to reveal
miracles and mysteries,
the spectacles of spring,
the secrets of summer;

chosen to discover
stimulating images
by translating
life into art. 
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Information

1. Round-leaved Hepatica - Townsend Park - Kent County, Michigan 

2. Wild Geranium - Home Woods, Cannonsburg, Michigan

3. Blue Flax - Crested ButteColorado 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Goldfinch and Dandelion

With its curved claws,
a goldfinch pins 
a dandelion stem
into the grass.

Then picks precisely

and delicately
at the tops
of dandelion tufts;

extracting the minute seeds
that might have been 
carried on the wind
by petite silver parachutes.

Wearing a small black cap
to match tuxedo wings,
he now stands at the edge
of a common mud puddle.

to dip his orange beak
for a bird-sized sip of water.

A joyous yellow bundle
eating and drinking the afternoon.

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations

Fallasburg Park - Kent County, Michigan  

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Shape of the Gift

God is an artist.
Has created all I see.

He sends his messages.
I pray for receptivity.

Open to his influence,
I'm eager for possibility.

In this gallery of awareness,
I wait patiently.

Nourished by the Spirit,
I try to imagine
the shape of the gift,

and how to open it
with gratitude,
and proper humility.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photography © by Richard Havenga

1. American Lotus ~ Nelumbo lutea

2. Buttonbush ~ Cephalanthus occidentalis

3. Gladiolus ~ species

4. Sunflower ~ species

5. Sulphur Cinquefoil ~ Potentilla recta

Friday, May 11, 2018


Aspens hold up their branches,
providing evidence of
the passage of time;
giving seasonal testimony
through their leaves 
that swear to tell 
the whole truth;

green, greener, gold, and gone.

Holding their knotted trunks
before you like an offering.
Like a gift facing the future.

Accepting change.

Tiny green
banners of hope
flagging in the wind.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Maroon BellsAspenColorado

2, 4, 5. Ohio Creek Road - N.W. of Gunnison, Colorado

3. Grand Mesa National Forest - Colorado

Monday, May 7, 2018

Remember These

These promising days
keep opening for you,
but closing too soon;

these spent days
becoming yesterdays,
accumulating into
dusty stacks of time,
old piles of years.


if you listen carefully
some morning in spring,
when the Redbuds
warm the riverbanks,
and Flowering Dogwoods
reach out their slender arms of lace
to grace the edge of the woods;

if you listen carefully,
you may hear your dreams
still whispering in the breeze:

"Remember these."
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Grand Rapids Township - Kent County, Michigan 

2. Thornapple River - Caledonia Township - Kent County, Michigan

Friday, May 4, 2018


On these vast and windy plains,
the immense sky meets the long land,
enhancing the circling horizon,
the curvature of the earth. 

Old windmills still turning,
still churning water 
for the trough.

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations

1. Arapahoe, Colorado

2. Lincoln County, Montana

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


This lavender light of dawn
seems to be filling with angels
who are willing to carry my prayers.

Now, as the morning sun 
penetrates the fog,
and warms my face,
I am blessed with
this precious moment
to offer praise and thanksgiving;

willing to wait for God's answer

in this place where I belong. 
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo LocationSierra VistaArizona 

Monday, April 30, 2018


slender willow twigs
joining lake and marbled clouds
touching the future

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Cascade Township - Kent County, Michigan 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

silk and dew

get down in the grass
to see these superhighways
made of silk and dew

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Grattan Township - Kent County, Michigan 

Monday, April 23, 2018


While walking
within the quiet,
I was gifted
with the golden threads
of a Canyon Wren's call
woven into the air
between canyon walls.

Just that one long song.
Then I was embraced
by silence
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Listen to the Canyon Wren call from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Photo Locations:

2. Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Friday, April 20, 2018

Black Shadows

A Turkey Vulture is
hanging on a stiff wind,
tilting, turning, trying
to adapt 
to an undetermined course.

These black shadows
of wide wings,
a shallow V
slicing the air,
gauging the gusts.
© 2017 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations: Grattan Township, Kent County, Michigan

Monday, April 16, 2018

crocus confidence

freezing rain and snow
followed by drizzly mist
warm afternoon sun

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Home Garden - CannonsburgMichigan 

Friday, April 13, 2018


The dark bones of the trees,
these tapered branches,
rattle in the breeze,
begin to flail as the 
relentless wind
pushes harder. 

Even the tall trunks,
solid at the base,
sway at their tops,
giving in,
accepting the will
of this storm
that cannot last.

Like the suffering
loss of a loved one,
the winds will 
eventually, recede.
The roots holding
a firm foundation
of faith. 
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Home Woods - CannonsburgMichigan

2.  Minooka, Illinois

Monday, April 9, 2018

Holy Water

April rain showers
bring a shine to these
winter-weary woods.

Moles resume their
muzzling push through
moist and softened soil. 

Mayapple stalks
probe, pierce, and lift
layers of leaf litter.

These spring showers,
like holy water,
bless the earth awake.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations

1 - 4 = Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan 

Friday, April 6, 2018

You Can Write Haiku

and now it's your turn
to try to write a haiku
about this photo
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Please use the traditional 5 - 7 - 5 method.

After you've revised your haiku into your best writing, please email it to me @

I will select the best haiku and publish it (with this photo) at WWFN in the near future. 

Photo Location: Crooked Lake - Grattan Township - Kent County, Michigan

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Three of Us

In loving memory of Aaron Havenga (April 2, 1975 ~ November 20, 1994)

Aaron: Before you were born,
we held your sister Sarah,
and loved her deeply.

You can see in the photos
how the three of us wanted 
a baby brother for her.

Then you were born,
and our joy was multiplied.
Our family complete.

Mary and I watched
the two of you play together;
always together,
making your own fun.

Sarah loved you deeply.
You loved her too.
You took care of each other.

We took care of you and Sarah.

Somehow, nineteen years sailed by,
and you passed from this life.
Your sister now brotherless;
your parents counting the years,
carrying a suffering love for you. 

The three of us carrying on, 
carrying our memories of you
deep in our hearts.

Because we carry
the Spirit of God,
which dwells within us. 
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photos 1 - 6 by Mary Havenga, from Sarah Havenga's collection.

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