The Golden Hour

Good morning on the lakeside deck from Lake Ann, Bella Vista, AR ~

Sitting at
94•13’58″W 36•28’29″N
at Elevation +11.1• 7:45 AM

My morning write ~
Sun beams
Tips & slides into day
Golden rays criss-cross the mountain ridge
And finally the sun sits right on top
In its familiar giant ball
As it meets the morning sky

Shadows flow with gentle sky winds
As trees gently sway and then create
A full blown symphony of wind concertos

Super bright golden rays
Fill the hardwood forest branches
And stunning bright green leaves
Shine like emeralds
As the sun dances higher into the sky

The first kisses of a sunbeam
Arches and passes over the land
Like an open window without a shutter
Sunlight spills out tracing the earth

High in the tree tops
First light lands
And cool night shadows
Linger in the shallows
Down on the hill
As it too waits for day ~

I see morning
As it is unfolding
In this golden hour
Passing through

A dazzling solid land ray
Smoothes out its light and
Fades into day

Over me and around me
The wind shifts
As air currents rise
Over these Ozarks hills
As we wait for the next rising air ~

Autumn Morning On Lake Ann

Good morning from the traveling lakeside deck ~ 46 degrees!

Out & about on Lake Ann ~ Thank you God for this beautiful morning!

My writing ~
Taking in the cold morning mist
Rising over Lake Ann’s autumn waters
So full of Ozark sights & sounds
Blue sky & clean mountain air

Looking to see
That marvelous circling splash
Right below the dock

Out wondering
A Blue Heron & Kingfisher
Perch over the water & fly into a tree
I wonder if they are doing the same
Finding the glory in your name

Empty Chairs

Empty chairs…
Sit on an empty garden deck,
Shadowed tall by the wild cherry tree.
A hidden garden, private from all,
But the birds, insects, squirrels and me.
The only conversation I hear….
A faint train whistle drawing near,
The distant murmur of city traffic,
And the drone of insects in the night.

Bright shines the swollen moon.
I’m thinking you will be here soon.
But no, not tonight or tomorrow…
There are just a few days to borrow.
You have other roads to take,
Other commitments to make.
I only feel a quiet sorrow.

Empty chairs…
Purchased for sharing morning sun and moonlit moments…
I feel the cool breeze fill the empty space…
A remembered scent of you is just a trace.
And in my mind, I see you there,
In the moon shadows of this night…
But there are only empty chairs and empty air.

by Donabelle Leecraft

Tree House

Good morning from the lakeside deck ~
Oh wow ~ Welcome to Fall in the Ozarks
We are 63 degrees! Rains last night brought in much cooler air!

I sit high in the trees
Overlooking my Lake Ann
Up where the squirrels build nests
And the birds find sanctuary
Where the green earth meets the sky
And the sky winds blow through
To find me sitting and watching
As the clouds rush by
I touch God’s eye

To the Moon

Good morning from the lakeside deck ~

From Crystal Bridges American Made Exhibit ~ Scott-Irish American immigrant hand made illustrated book of psalms.

Psalm 8:3-5 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place

My writing ~
Before dawn
Morning’s new star rising
Over these sweet hills

I would love to hand make a small book ~ maybe I shall!

And I say again ~
“I love you to the moon and back again and again”

A Blackjack Morning

Good morning from the lakeside deck ~

This morning ~
I sit deep into these Ozark woods
High upon a steep hill
Overlooking my sweet Lake Ann

Stark black branches
Hang and curl through
Heavily wooded forests
Of hickories & blackjack oaks
Backlit by new morning rays
Framing our quiet cove below

My spirit finds peace here
But it is a daily struggle
To return my well being
I tell myself
Everything will be OK
Things will work out
In time and in love

Then somehow my spirit rises
And I too can reach out and walk
Through these woods
Touched by their warmth
And ever giving life

Here ~
I draw from heaven and earth
I can find eternity
In the eye and hands of God’s green earth

Praying an unceasing prayer today ~
I pray for God’s blessings
May angels surround us
May the saints pray for us
May peace surround my family
And protect them

Wars Amid Wars

Who are we together
Who are the dying children
Who do we take care of

What if we pray an unceasing prayer
What if we embrace love and peace
What does history say

Where there is grief and tears
Where there is disaster and devastation
Where there is death and nothing but ruins

Why are we here again and again
Why do we fear and blame
Why do we judge others so harshly

When do we move from the heart
When do you say enough is enough
When do we let go of the fear and pain

How are we getting to a better place
How are we still so divided
How are we choosing our answers