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.


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.

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 20, 2009

Favorable Review of Flower Escapes by Chase Von

I received a review by Chase Von for our new book Flower Escapes. He was very pleased with our book. Take a look.

Incredibly Beautiful Master Piece!

I have to admit, at first I thought the price for this book was a bit steep, particularly considering the number of pages. Now that I have it in my possession, I have to say this is such a sublime creation that I don’t think personally the price is too much at all! In all honestly, I truly think it’s worth far more than the price it is listed at and then some!. The poetry by Dawn Huffaker alone is a breath of fresh air but the stunning photographs by Michele Duncan makes for a match made in Heaven.

Recently I finished a book I stumbled upon on Amazon called “Same Kind Of Different As Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. New York Times Best Seller and deservingly so. It gave me a feeling that indeed God himself had a hand in it. (Don’t take my word, read some of the reviews on Amazon and see how many others mirror those same feelings as well). But the reason I mention that is because I got the same feeling from “Flower Escapes.” It’s “Thee Perfect” coffee table book and because it is so beautifully done and inspirational, I can easily see it in Doctors waiting rooms all across the world as well as in Beauty Shops, Nail Salons and yes, Flower Shops beyond a shadow of a doubt! For the guys out there, I don’t think there is a woman on the planet that wouldn’t love this, and I’m sure they would feel as though you have indeed, given them a tiny portion of Heaven. And getting back to sharing it in waiting rooms? I would also like to issue one word of caution. Keep tabs on it or it might grow proverbial legs and walk away on you, if you know what I mean.

Those who love nature? This is a must and you won’t just be pleased, you’ll be stunned! The pictures are indeed breath taking and I also think it would do nicely in any school setting. I would also say that if I didn’t have one, I would buy it as a gift for someone I love “INSTEAD of actual flowers or to accompany the flowers.” This little creation deserves to be in the finest art galleries across the land and I know a few artists I believe would love to recreate on canvas, some of the incredible images captured by Michele’s lens.

(Pictures of nature don’t get any better than the ones she’s taken).

In closing, if this all seems like mighty high praise it is, but I think it falls short of the mark. It states in the upper left hand corner, “Escape Awhile Into God’s Garden!” Which I think personally is a pretty bold statement to make as well but truth be told, it feels exactly like that! Again, this is hard to explain but I have seen flowers for so many years but the apparently God given gift that Michele has, to capture breath taking pictures combined with Dawn’s incredible poetic ability to give nature a truly believable and authentic voice, makes this creation not only something that is intensely beautiful in all regards, but spiritually healing as well.

One last thing, incredibly stupid as this might sound. Until I looked at the pictures in this book, I had no idea how truly beautiful flowers actually are. I have a feeling though, that when you have it in your hands, you will understand exactly what I mean.

Chase Von

Author of Your Chance To Hear The Last Panther Speak, Pink, Blue and Green and Dream Reachers along with co-author and career journalist and former newspaper owner and editor, Betty Dravis

 

Thank you, Chase! Your review means a lot to us.

If you would like to see some of the pages of our book, please go to:

www.dawnhuffaker.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66&Itemid=113

Our book is available at Amazon and Lulu. Here are the links:

www.amazon.com/dp/0578029804

stores.lulu.com/duncanhuffaker

 

At the Lulu store, we have 2010 calendars with poems and photos from Flower Escapes.

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.

September 10, 2009

Fall is definitely coming!

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — Dawn Huffaker @ 8:04 pm
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I was sitting outside today. As I looked up at the pear tree, I realized that fall is on its way. The leaves were starting to turn orange and yellow.

Here is a poem that I wrote and would like to share with you:

Fall’s Face

Summer’s sizzle
Is slowly fading.
The sunlight’s slant
Is heading south.
Days dim, and
Grow gradually shorter.
Cool nights chill
The chirping crickets.
Plants and trees sigh –
Seeking rest.
Leaves make
Magical color changes.
Bears bulk up
To sleep soundly.
Geese gather
To go southward.

Fall’s face
Finds the flora and fauna
Sleepy and sated –
From the rush and bounty
Of the summer gone.

2009 © Dawn L. Huffaker
All Rights Reserved.

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