Thursday, February 28, 2019

secrets shared

Segments of sunshine
are blinking through old white pines,

then the land
exhales a soft breath.

I hear it whispering
among fine, glossy needles,

and listen for secrets shared
between trees and breeze.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: White Pine - Grattan Township - Kent County, Michigan

Monday, February 25, 2019

"Why do you drive?"

They ask:
"Why do you drive, when you could fly?" 
I answer:

 to see the breadth of the land,

 to feel the expanse of the sky,

 to experience the weather,

 to sense the mass of the mountains,

to encounter the wildlife,

to hold all this in my mind,
to contain it in my soul,
to share it with you.

© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Monument Valley - Utah

2. Flathead Lake - Montana

3. Flaming Gorge - Utah

4. PrayMontana

5. Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado

Monday, February 18, 2019


The moon rises steadily
through the horizon of trees.

While the bright rapids
in the dark river

play marvelous music
with no instruments;

except for the permanence
of boulders resisting water.

Your life passing rapidly.
Time flowing swiftly
in one direction.

Resisting time
while waiting for your
approach to heaven.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Cannonsburg, Michigan 

2. Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming

3. Buena VistaColorado

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hearts and Bones

You know how the words
inside the body of a poem
can pulse with rhythm
and resonate with music;

how they frame the 
experience of the poet;
how the words carry
the presence of place
into your mind;
and carry you 
into the mystery?

This is the work of words:

Constructing meaning.
Creating a connection
between writer and reader.

Sharpening your senses.
Igniting your imagination.

Entering your hearts
and your bones.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

You may also enjoy this post about Writing: "Harvest" ~ October 27, 2014

Photo Locations

Home Perennial Gardens - Cannonsburg, Michigan

Bleeding Hearts - Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Monday, February 11, 2019

Fence Line

Erected years ago
to control cattle.

Now weathered by
sun, snow, wind and rain.

Aging with dignity,
graying gracefully.

Former trees holding
knots within wood grain.

Part-time perches for
hawks, meadowlarks and bluebirds.

A straight line
pointing to the future.

Measuring the passage of time,
and the geography of hope.
© 2019 Richard Havenga 

Photo Locations:

1. Stanley, Idaho

2. Telluride, Colorado

4. Estes Park, Colorado

5. Del Norte, Colorado

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

riding the wind

gulls riding the wind
white as angels in the sky
their cries pierce the dawn

© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo LocationAnna Maria Island - Florida

Monday, February 4, 2019

Moving Words

My words are clinging
to forested foothills,

collecting in cool creeks,

riding rapid rivers,

navigating twists and turns;

joyful in the journey,
giving proper praise
along the path.

Before gathering
in the gulf.
© 2019 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

2. Bear Creek - Kent County, Michigan 

3. Arkansas River - Buena Vista, Colorado

4. Crested Butte, Colorado