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Month: April 2016 (page 1 of 4)

Haiku for Saturday, April 30, 2016

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We always get the kids balloons for their birthdays. Erin thought it would be funny to get a “Clearance” balloon from Wal-Mart, so:

Sweet Sixteen birthday,
precious Erin. Better still:
we got her on sale.

(Thanks to my wife for the photo.)

Love Language: Haiku for Friday, April 29, 2016

I got home at 8:30 last night after a long day of work and family activities, warmed my dinner in the microwave, walked the dog and talked with one of my teenage boys. Bed was calling out her siren song but—

Bone-tired, I stay up
wash dishes, clean the kitchen
to say, “I love you.”

Long-term love isn’t roses and romantic evenings. It’s understanding what your spouse needs and then doing your best to meet those needs.

My wife’s main love language is “acts of service.” She feels loved when I’m doing things for her: keeping the cars fueled, taking out the trash (without being reminded five times), putting the kids to bed, being “present” and available when I’m at home. She hears “I love you” when I’m serving her and our family.

I don’t do this perfectly (by any means) but I’m trying to pay attention and show my wife she’s important to me. Washing the dinner dishes—when I’d rather go to bed—and not leaving a mess until morning is a small way to do that.

Haiku for Thursday, April 28, 2016

Gleaming sun rays poke
golden fingers through gray clouds;
grace brightens the heart.

Haiku for Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Drove down IL 121 on my way to Mt. Pulaski yesterday and was struck by green: leaves, grass, plants—growing things.

Winter’s grip relents,
jubilant explosion—spring!
Life begins anew.

Haiku for Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Orange juice. All images © Michael Gowin Photography, 217-737-7908, www.gowinphotography.com, Lincoln, IL. Images may not be printed, copied, reproduced, or distributed without written permission from the photographer.

Someone left *that much*
orange juice in the pitcher—
like—seriously?

Haiku for Monday, April 25, 2016

“You kids get in bed;
mom and dad need some quiet.”
(And a little snack.)

Double Haiku for Sunday, April 24, 2016

All images © Michael Gowin Photography, 217-737-7908, www.gowinphotography.com, Lincoln, IL. Images may not be printed, copied, reproduced, or distributed without written permission from the photographer.

Spent yesterday making pictures at the Hearts at Home National Conference in Peoria, Illinois.

Four thousand women
gathered together to learn?
Must be Hearts at Home!

(Walked eight miles or more
photographing the conference—
old hip joints object)

Haiku for Saturday, April 23, 2016

Another late edition. I was photographing the Hearts at Home Convention in Peoria all day—not much time for literary reflection.

Ten minute poem,
it’s not going to be great art.
At least it’s something.

Haiku for Friday, April 22, 2016

Day’s almost over
and I’ve yet to write something;
here’s to tomorrow

Haiku for Thursday, April 21, 2016

Morning sunlight glints
dewy green grass blades shimmer
after the rain falls

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