Gates of Heaven

(Dance of the Sun Dogs)
As this brilliant winter morning unfolds,
a veil, woven with infinite, intricate ice crystals
hangs suspended in the glare of white sun,
shimmering, appearing like an angel.
Sharp shadows accent
the purity of snow
filling this frigid field.

Sun Dogs dance in transforming light.
Parentheses rise, curved on the horizon
to frame this fleeting moment,
to carry my worship offering.

Luminous warmth within,
enhances the glow
of this radiant gesture.

The Spirit penetrates my  soul.
A prayer of gratitude ascending;
bursting with astonished praise,
approaching the gates of Heaven.

© 2014  Richard Havenga

Photo Location:

Parnell,  (St. Patrick’s – Parnell) Kent County,  Michigan



4 thoughts on “Gates of Heaven”

  1. The composition of this picture is awesome! The sundogs are striking but the field shadows on the snow spoke to me as well. Great work and words, Rich.


  2. Mary:

    Thank you for your gracious comments. Only YOU know precisely where and when I capture my photographs, because I come home excited to tell you about my latest excursion. It was truly a glorious morning, and I was saying out loud “Thank you God!”




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