Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ten Million Leaves

Straight trunks of aspen
stand solid and tall;
white wooden pillars
climb the foothills,
mingle with spruce,

where ten million leaves will
soon shimmer with golden light.

at the edge of evening,
the breeze subsides,
the quaking ends,
the calm returns.

Populus tremuloides !

© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

2.  Ouray, Colorado

3. South ForkColorado

4. Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan

Monday, September 16, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sing of the Wilderness

Colors awaken with the dawn.
Morning sunlight sweeps
the canopy of trees
above the Snake River.

I want my words
to sing of the wilderness.

To share with you
new things to love
about the world. 
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Snake River Overlook ~ Grand Teton National Park - Wyoming

2. Oxbow Bend - Snake River ~ Grand Teton National Park - Wyoming

Monday, September 9, 2019

Friday, September 6, 2019

God Speaks

Behind the silent stillness,
and within commanding storms,
God speaks an exclusive language
beyond our mortal words.

How to listen?
How to embrace
the grace of our days?

Simply carry these gifts
as grateful people,
and lay them at his altar
as worship.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Grand Haven Lighthouses - Michigan

2. Sunset Beach - North Carolina

3. Glacier National Park - Montana

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Extending from rigid
willow branches,
flexible yellow braids
bend in the breeze,
curve in the current;
yielding, yet resilient. 

Supple as slow thought.
Accepting what is  given.
Anticipating what is to come:

from the wind in the willows,
from the rapids in the river,
from the surprises in life.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Big Crooked Lake - Grattan Township - Kent County - Michigan

2. Leslie E. Tassell Park - Cascade Township - Kent County - Michigan

3. Thornapple River - Ada Township - Kent County - Michigan

4. McCarthy Lake - Grattan Township - Kent County - Michgan

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Space and Time

Out here, in the country,
surrounded by green, rural space,
time adopts a softer rhythm,
a more gentle, eternal pace.

Each day is a new invitation
to bring fresh words to birth.
To open windows of wonder,
let readers judge their worth.

Sharing the gifts we are given,
opens possibilities in the mind.
The more we give God our gratitude,
the more precious gifts we will find.

© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Lund's Landing - North Dakota

2. Allanspark, Colorado

Monday, August 26, 2019


The moon is emerging
from passing clouds.

I observe and admire
with a joyful heart,
a searching soul,
and a mind alert
with awareness.

With eyes wide open,
ready for a message
from the Holy Spirit.

Will it resound
like a trumpet of triumph,

or whisper
like a breeze in the pines?
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Home - Cannonsburg, Michigan

2. Catalina, Arizona

3. Cannon Township - Kent County - Michigan

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Deep Summer

On this August afternoon,
the drone of Cicadas
drills into my drowsy head.

During the softness of dusk,
early fireflies
always surprise me
with their next location.

Now, the evening rhythms
of rigid Katydids
measure the temperature
of the night.

I continue my fall
into deep summer;
into deep sleep.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. & 2. Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan

Monday, August 19, 2019

dancing with the wind

thriving on the earth
grasses brush the summer breeze
dancing with the wind

© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Location:

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Seeking illumination
through God's imagination,

I revel in His creation
on every walk outdoors.

Praise enters my experience;
eager for expression.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

3. Buena Vista, Colorado

Monday, August 12, 2019


The fierce wind
visits for a day
then continues 
on its way.

Sweeping this
wide peninsula,
finding freedom
above these Great Lakes.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Lake Michigan @ Grand Haven State Park

2. Lake Michigan @ North Beach, Grand Haven, Michigan

3. Lake Michigan ~ Acadia, Michigan

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019

The Invitation III

I am out walking again,
exploring the fields and woods,
scanning the lakes,
following the streams.

Cloud shadows
race across the foothills,
pushed by the wind.

Bobolinks appear,
then disappear
in deep grass.

Bulging cumulus
pile into white mounds
in the afternoon sky.

Delicate saucers
of Queen Anne's Lace
nod in the warm sun.

Summer quickens, ripens,
and waits for you
to open your invitation.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

You may also enjoy: 

"The Invitation II"   ~ January 16, 2017

"The Invitation" ~ May 6, 2013

Photo Locations:

2. Allenspark, Colorado

3. Grattan Township - Kent County, Michigan

4. Pickerel Lake Park - Kent County - Michigan

5. Home Fields - Grattan Township - Kent County - Michigan

6. Home Fields - Grattan Township - Kent County - Michgian

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Seeds of Grass

Just yesterday,
tall grasses displayed
their fine filaments;
their inconspicuous anthers
holding a trace of soft yellow.

Flicked by my finger,
or brushed 
by an intermittent breeze,
they released soft clouds
of pollen.

Fertilization complete.

Today they bow down
in the summer rain;
begin to make
seeds of grass. 
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1, 3, & 5. Home Fields - Cannonsburg, Michigan

2. Luton Park - Kent County - Michigan

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Bending Light

A school of minnows suddenly turns.
Changing the colors, bending the light,
short shadows dancing on tan sand,
golden streaks stirring shallow water.

© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo LocationMurray Lake - Kent County - Michigan

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Water Striders skate
in jerky strides
over the silky surface
of calmer water
along the shoulders
of the stream.

Along the inside curves,
I lean in slowly;
close enough to see
their delicate feet
dimple the surface film
of the water.

Shadow patterns
outlined in light,
form distinct 
ovals and circles
on the bottom silt. 
© 2019 Richard Havenga

You may also enjoy two previous posts about Water Striders:

Striders ~ June 19, 2012

Striders II ~ June 15, 2015

Photo Locations:

1. Fallasburg Park - Kent County - Michigan

2, 3, 4. Bear Creek - Townsend Park - Kent County - Michigan

Monday, July 22, 2019

Caves of Nectar

Supple Jewelweed;
these tiny trumpets,
soft and succulent,
lush and luxurious,
droplets of orange,
inviting bees 
and hummingbirds
into small caves of nectar.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations: Canon Township - Kent County - Michigan

You may also enjoy: Small Blessings - July 13, 2015

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Carrying Hope


Look at everything

placed along your path,
before your line of sight,
around you, surrounding you.

Escape from your home,

your work, 
your car,
your phone!

Enter the wild woods and fields.
For an hour, leave your touch-screen
and touch green leaves.

Feel the minute hairs on the leaf,
the serrated edge, the slender petiole
connected to the twig of the branch;
branching from the trunk
that broke through the soil --

(50 years before television),

(90 years before internet) --

as a tiny shoot;
carrying hope
through its vessels,
and flowing with faith
for the future.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. & 2. Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan

3. Fallasburg Park - Kent County - Michigan

4. Lowell Township - Kent County - Michigan