Taking Turns

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
       How love grows,

For Enola M. Borgh, on her birthday. 

Published in Bell’s Letters Poet (2006).

Karl took the photo of the Autumn Joy in 2010.
Mom had this perennial in her yard too.

Snow in Fields and Gardens

I enjoy the unique beauty of the fields of snow.   In this context, the snow is a blanket for fields and gardens, not a problem.  I well remember my years of commuting to a city for work. 

The snow creates a new background for the colors of houses and barns.   Plants from last year catch the snow too.  The spring is long here, with plenty of time to prepare our perennial gardens, which mostly take care of themselves, for a new season.

My parents have January birthdays.  Dad went to Heaven in 1983 and my mom in 2004.
How I grieved for them, yet now while I still miss them, there is a sense of new peace–l
ike the beauty of the fields.  

late-day sun
on the gravestones
we shall meet again

Psalm 1 Like A Tree By The Rivers

below zero sunrise…steam rises…from Lake Michigan

evergreens sway…in slight wind

clear blue sky

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 1: 3 (KJV)                                                                                       

Isaiah 26 Perfect Peace


Along with the Psalms, I often reread Isaiah.  One benefit among many is that part of my mind is in the present and part remembers reading certain verses during a specific time of challenge.  My trust in God grows.  I hope that if I am very old some day and forget other things, some of these verses stay with me.  If not in my mind, surely they will remain in my heart. 

Thou wilt keep him
in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.

Isaiah 26: 3 (KJV)


“Cardinal flower”
from wpclipart.com.