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Gallivant: Journey on a Sunny Day

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Gallivanting around town

enjoying the day

he tilts his hat

as he makes his way


So many things to see

there is a parade in town

floats and bands

the grand mistress has a crown


Riding farther now

into the park

ducks walking on a path

dogs are starting to bark


Down the street

is the woman of his dreams

he stops to court her

his presence makes her eyes gleam


Returning home

neighbors give him a shout

content in is journey

time for lights out


copyright 2018 Debbie Pierce


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Assay: Alligator and Turtle

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Sitting on a log

staring into each other’s eye

assaying their fate

deciding to either flee or die


Happening upon each other

on a late winter’s day

a perfect moment

where each can have his say


Bikers and walkers are stopped

spectators to this contest

wondering if they will fight

or just continue to rest


All eyes are upon them

they are like still life

living in the moment

amid some steep strife


A meaningful conversation

just between the two

coming to an understanding

only they have a clue


Slipping into the water

 each goes his way

having entertained the spectators

on this beautiful day


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A Prickle Bicycle

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A bicycle filled with flowers

a beautiful work of art

basket with a bird house

and a metal tag from the start


Parked against a tree

slowly becoming part of the land

prickly bushes surrounding it

creating a stand


A striking blue frame

filled with colorful flowers to see

a small town decoration

wonderful for me


There is much love

shown in this landscape

art is created

a scene to partake


Art reflects the culture

of this small town

an expression of joy

from the people around


A lovely place to visit

a prickle of love

expressed in bicycle art

something to be proud of 


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A Tour of Old Town Clinton Mississippi

Mississippi has many small cities that surround the capital city of Jackson. One of these small towns is Clinton, Mississippi. Clinton has grown through the years to a thriving city that sports businesses and a local college. The old part of Clinton is near a local college and has been revitalized with small shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

William and I spent the day in the old Clinton downtown area. We parked our truck and began walking the streets taking photographs along the way. This part of Clinton has an art project that contains bicycles. These bicycles were transformed into art and placed on the corners of most of the streets. Different artists contributed to this project and each bicycle has a different message and inspiration.

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We first encounter a tin man riding his bicycle on a side street filled with trees. The man is bright and has a happy smile as he appears to ride the street. I take several photographs of him as we paused for a moment. Imagining the life that he would lead here makes me smile. It is a quiet street filled with old houses with vibrant plants and trees. There are several people walking and a few people sitting on their porches. It is reminiscent of an earlier era. William and I speak to a few people about this beautiful day.

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As we continue to stroll down the next street there is a pink flamingo riding a bicycle in front of a coffee shop. The flamingo has bright colors and looks like he would fit in well in a beach town. He is surrounded by a flower garden that is blooming. I smile, savor the moment, and take a photograph before we move on to the next street.

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The streets continue with a display of transformed bicycles that are fun and interesting. My favorite bicycle is a representation of Snoopy looking as if he is flying. Snoopy is one of those characters that radiates happiness. This is a wonderful transformation of a bicycle into art. He sits in front of an old house that looks empty but well-kept.

Clinton is also home to a local college located in the midst of the old part of town. We gained permission to take photographs on the campus. It is the afternoon and the college students are enjoying the outdoors. The students are friendly and give us water on this warm afternoon.

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The college has been here for over one hundred years and many old trees and buildings. I take photographs of the bell tower, trees, study areas, and clock tower. There are many old trees that have seen this college grow and change. They stand regal with their beautiful wood. Many of the trees have moss hanging from them.

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The study area is quiet and serene with a bench surrounded by trees. There is a student enjoying the sun and studying this afternoon. There is a group of young men tossing a football nearby. This college is a wonderful place.

We make our way around the quad and leave the college continuing on our tour of old town Clinton. There are more bicycle transformations that we observe on our way back to the truck. One of the bicycles has been transformed into a terra-cotta planter. There are several plants living on this work of art.

Our final stop is a small shop that has a bicycle hanging with a bottle tree beneath it. It is pretty and I stop to take a photograph. This has been a fun adventure into the art scene in this small part of Clinton.

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We find the truck and leave to our next destination. The Clinton Visitor Center is on our way home. We stop and admire the landscape around the center. There are spring flowers in bloom. Next is a field with some trees and a small bridge covering a creek bed. We glance over to see some squirrels enjoying the afternoon. On the path are some brightly painted bird houses. There are no residents in these houses but they are pretty.

The Clinton Visitor Center has a wooden box with books that is marked free library. This is a wonderful concept to encourage literacy. A person can pick out a book and read it. The book then is returned to the library.

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William and I return to the truck and make our way home. This has been a wonderful day filled with adventure. We take the Natchez Trace and reflect on the beauty of our  state. Truly Mississippi is a wonderful place to live.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce


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Pink Flamingo on a Summer Mission

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Pink flamingo on a bike

riding along the road

sun glasses shining

chilling without a load


The day is warm

summer is here

greeting all people

who are near


God gave him a yellow bike

to enjoy the summer

spreading kindness to all

including the newcomer


He spreads joy

throughout the land

passing cafes

listening to the bands


The pink flamingo rides the streets

enjoying the view

spreading happiness and cheer

every summer day is new


copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

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