Dawn's Awakening

November 19, 2011

Nature through Poetry 2012 calendar is now available

Hi!  I wanted to let you know that the Nature through Poetry 2012 calendar is now available.  Each month has beautiful photography (taken by my mom) and a poem (which I have created) that goes hand-in-hand with it, thus giving nature a voice.  Here are a few pages from it:

Calendar cover

Calendar cover


January photo with poem

January page


February photo and poem

February page


All photos included in this calendar

Nature through Poetry 2012 montage































































































































































The calendar may be purchased at Lulu.com for $16.95 plus freight.  There are price discounts for five or more, and they often offer coupons that will cover all or part of the freight.  Here is the link:

http://www.lulu.com/product/calendar/nature-through-poetry-2012/18654349

Have a Merry Christmas to you and yours!

March 25, 2011

Four Small, Red Bricks

Four Small, Red Bricks

 

When I was a wee one,

About four years old or so,

My folks had a beautiful garden

On the south side of our rock house.

Everything grew tall and strong –

From white Dinner Plate Dahlias to

Sweet, yellow NK-199 corn.

I was mesmerized by it all!

 

One day, I asked my father

If I could plant my own garden.

He said that it was okay with him.

So, on the outside of the garden fence,

Four small, red bricks outlined

My very first vegetable garden.

I planted one carrot seed,

And one radish seed.

 

With love and water, they soon sprouted.

Each day, my mom would set me by my garden,

And I would look after them.

From nothing to something, they became,

And I was excited to see the green tops.

I asked her, “When will they be ready?”

She told me that I would have to decide.

What a decision! It was tricky, too!

 

For while I could see the leafy tops,

I did not know how big the roots had become.

When I decided that it was time,

I pulled them both.

I was proud of my first crop,

Even though from adults eyes,

My carrot was forked,

And my radish was pithy!

 

Gardening is still in my blood.

I am happiest when I see new, spring shoots

Peeking out from the sleepy, winter ground,

And I know that the world is coming alive.

 

2011 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.

July 3, 2010

Freedom (4th of July)

Freedom

(4th of July)

 

 

The sun has walked below the horizon,

And the plants sigh, as the ground cools

From the heat of the day.

 

Car doors slam,

And motors rev –

Eager to be off.

 

Tires touch pavement,

And wander down the road

To find the perfect viewing location.

 

The sky slowly fades from blue to black,

As inky silhouettes stretch and chatter

About the fun they have had during the day.

 

At the appointed proper darkness,

Sparkles of light appear

Over the town.

 

Each flower of breathtaking light

Chases the other,

As they go higher and higher.

 

Freedom tickles their heels,

As they race across the sky,

Glowing with delight.

 

The sky soon fills with fireworks,

And the oohs and ahs from the crowd

Applaud their performance.

 

When the curtain of darkness at last returns,

The silhouettes sigh and smile.

Then, they load up and head back home to bed.

 

2009 © Dawn L. Huffaker

From the book: Flights of Fancy (SE)-Volume 1

All rights reserved.


 

June 19, 2010

Texas Tea Tsunami

Texas Tea Tsunami

 

Rig on the ocean

Drilling a new oil well.

Almost done-

Need to finish it off.

 

In the dark of an April night,

Powerful explosion

Wounds the mighty beast-

Chaos ensues everywhere.

 

Workers scared.

Workers scattering.

Workers wounded.

Workers dead.

 

Deepwater Horizon rig

Has suffered

A mortal wound.

Oil gushes everywhere.

 

Fires devour rig.

Workers in lifeboats.

Workers in water.

Rig below waves.

 

Texas Tea (oil)

Is all that is left.

From one mile down,

It rises to the top.

 

Waves and wind

Steer it towards the coast

All along the Gulf-

Another disaster brews.

 

Well can’t be capped.

Oil rushes out and up.

Sixty days and counting,

When will it stop?

 

Ocean being poisoned.

Sea animals being killed.

Plant life being suffocated.

Ecosystem being destroyed.

 

Black ooze now on shore-

Texas Tea Tsunami strikes!

Animals and birds poisoned.

Trees and plants dying.

 

Beaches tainted-

God knows for how long.

Clean up almost impossible-

Oil keeps returning.

 

People harmed

Businesses closed.

Livelihoods gone.

God help them.

 

Day by day,

Gallon by gallon,

This tsunami disaster unfolds

With lessons for all.

 

2010 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.


May 22, 2010

Internet Radio Interview with The1Essence

Filed under: Acrostic verse,Free verse,Interviews,Poetry,Writing — Dawn Huffaker @ 5:52 pm

 

On May 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM eastern time, I will be interviewed by the lovely The1Essence. We will be discussing my book Flights of Fancy.

This book is a collection of poetry that I compiled from letters and notes to friends and family over the past 25 years or so. Topics include nature, God, life, and emotions. There is something for everyone.

To listen to the interview live, click on the following link:

yhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/the1essence/2010/05/28/lets-talk-book-with-the1essence

A free e-book is available online for you to follow along with. Simply, click on this link:

http://www.dawnhuffaker.com/promotions/FlightsofFancySE.pdf 

Please join us if you can. If you are unable to listen live, there will be an archive of my interview at the above link at Blog Talk Radio.

 

 

Here are a couple poems from Flights of Fancy:

January 30, 2010

Night Made Day

Night Made Day

 

Night made day

By moon on snow.

Sleeping trees whisper

In their dreams.

Biting air keeps the animals

In their burrows.

Branch shadows glide across snow

With ease.

 

I look out with wonder

At the scene before me.

Magical it has become

After the mighty storm.

Nothing is as it was, and

The world is weighted down.

Only the wind can come and go

As it pleases.

 

What a blessing it is

To live in my mountain home!

God’s handiwork is so close

I can touch it with my own hands.

Indeed, I am made rich with the bounty

That is set right before me.

Nothing manmade can compare

With His Masterpiece.

 

2010 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.

January 12, 2010

Still Life Painting

Filed under: Free verse,nature,Poetry,Writing — Dawn Huffaker @ 10:58 pm
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Still Life Painting

 

The still life painting is

Slowly surfacing

To the top of

The dappled, sparkling snow.

 

Clumps of grass

Hide themselves

Like rabbits ‘neath the

Sleeping trees.

 

Shadows shimmer

To and fro

As a breeze

Flutters softly by.

 

Birds hop atop

The crusty surface

Leaving tracks

Showing their exploring.

 

Wings open

Catching cold air

Lifting to a branch

To examine their prizes.

 

Branches bounce, as they

Crack the precious shells

Of the newly found seeds

And savor the meats within.

 

Winter blue sky

Smiles on the scene below

Knowing that

Life isn’t still at all.

 

2010 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.

December 14, 2009

On A Cold Winter’s Night

Filed under: Free verse,Poetry — Dawn Huffaker @ 9:41 pm
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On A Cold Winter’s Night

 

On a cold winter’s night

So long ago,

The Heralds proclaimed

The birth of our Savior.

 

It was

The miraculous beginning

Of a new chapter

In our history on Earth.

 

A star guided the wise men

To a humble manger

Where a mother gave birth

To her first son.

 

When the angels beckoned,

The shepherds came

To pay homage to Him

Their newborn King.

 

Jesus’ gentle smile

Touched their very souls,

And all knew that God

Had remembered them.

 

2009 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.

November 26, 2009

Created By God

Filed under: Free verse,Poetry — Dawn Huffaker @ 12:38 am
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Created By God

 

Created by God

To be His children.

We find our way

Home to Him.

 

Working through the problems,

Learning from the experiences,

Finding the rhythm of life, and

Seeing the progress made.

 

Realizing it’s not about us, but

Helping those in need.

Finding joy in the now, and

Growing as we go.

 

Uniting with our brothers and sisters.

Building a strong and happy family.

Bringing peace to every moment.

Letting love lead the way.

 

We are our Father’s joy.

We have our Father’s love.

Give thanks for God in our life.

Give thanks for Jesus leading the way.

 

2009 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.

November 17, 2009

Are you looking for a book to inspire your patients while they recover?


Are you looking for a book to inspire your patients while they recover? They say to heal the body, one must heal the spirit also.

My partner, Michele Duncan, and I, Dawn Huffaker, have created a series of books entitled Flower Escapes. These books contain beautiful floral photography, and inspirational poetry. Each page will take readers into a garden setting where they can escape the confines of a hospital setting. As they read the poetry, perhaps they will feel God’s presence, and take the next up towards recovery.

Here are some samples:





The first book is an 11″ by 8.5″ paperback with 38 pages. Future books will be approximately this length. The book format is easy to handle, and remains open while the reader is looking at the current page.

We are currently using a print-on-demand printer. There are discounts for multiple copies. If you have access to a volume printer to reduce the costs even further, please let us know.

Email us at: duncanhuffaker@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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