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A Summer Day Hiking Dream

Sun beating down

a hot summer day

longing for cool comfort

along the trail way

 

Suddenly I hear

while turning  around

a trickling noise

then a roaring sound

 

Following the path

a cool mist on my face

relief from the heat

I quicken my pace

 

Allowing my feet to dangle

in the pleasure of the rapid

another world appears

which mystical creatures inhabit

 

A chameleon appears

changing colors in the rainbow

finding food on a rock

his pace is quite slow

 

Down a bit further

a fish jumps along the bank

performing acrobatics

his movements are swank

 

A duck appears

bathing in the mist

diving and shaking his wings

doing the twist

 

Back to the real world

refreshed from the rapid stream

thankful for the inhabitants

of a summer day dream

 

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An Adventure in the Grand Canyon

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I love the early mornings in the Grand Canyon. The air is crisp and cool as the sun begins to rise. Looking from the overlook you can see the bright orange and purple colors across the canyon. There is still a bit a snow on the ground in the surrounding campsite. There are a few tents that the snow surrounds like a warm blanket.

After admiring the beauty of the sunrise for a few more minutes I take the path back to the campground. There is a variety of wildlife awake at this hour scurrying around in the surrounding trees. A rabbit darts in front of me and watches as I jump at the sudden movement.

Everyone is up and ready to take on the day as I return to the campsite. The cooking bacon and eggs have a wonderful aroma that fills the site. Food seems to taste better when eaten in nature. Our senses are more in tune to the simple pleasures of life.

After breakfast it is time for the mule ride down the canyon. There is a winding trail that is steep and narrow that the mules maneuver each day. It promises to be an exciting adventure.

Our ride begins with everyone on their mules following the directions of the mule skinner. He leads us down the canyon with the mules following him. Mules are interesting animals. They are like horses and are very precise on the trail and surefooted.

Looking across the canyon as we ride down is the most beautiful view. You can see miles of canyon with red, orange, and blue hues across the rocks. The birds are majestic as they fly across the clear blue sky. It is an ecosystem of freedom for the wildlife that inhabit this canyon.

It is difficult for me to look down to the bottom of the canyon. I am afraid of heights and it is a long way to the bottom. Still overcoming a fear is part of the reason for this adventure. Taking a deep breath I glance down to the bottom of the canyon.

There is much beauty at the bottom of the canyon. There is a slow-moving river bed that is surrounded by a large bank with trees and rocks. This is where we will stop for a break before returning to the top of the canyon. The ecosystem of the canyon is serene and tranquil.

I am briefly startled as my mule has decided to pee and shifts his weight a bit. Nervous that the mule may drop me down the canyon I freeze. The mule is unfazed and steadily continues down the canyon.

We reach the bottom of the canyon and find a spot on the edge of the river bed. The water is cold and feels refreshing in the midmorning heat. The bottom of the canyon is significantly warmer than the place where we began this adventure.

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After about half an hour we resume our ride back up the canyon. Going up the canyon has an entirely different view than coming down. The colors of the canyon appear to be deeper in the sun. It is as if God has sent artists to paint wonderful colors on the canyon.

I listen for the sounds of the canyon as we continue the trek up. There is the sound of birds singing in the brush. Small animals are scurrying through the brush creating a rustling noise. The mules snort as they climb the canyon. It is a peaceful experience.

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Finally we reach the end of our journey and it is time to leave the mules. This particular adventure has a certificate that accompanies it. It is given to everyone that completes the adventure.

We reach the campsite and decide to rest until time to cook dinner. My legs and backside ache from riding the mule. The aches and pains are worth the wonderful adventure of riding the mules.

I make a final hike for the day to the rim of the canyon. The sun is beginning to set presenting a new set of colors. The canyon is now the backdrop to the rich orange and pink colors in the sky. The night air is crisp and cool with a hint of rain in the air.

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Returning to the camp dinner is ready and the fire is warm. We eat and tell the stories of today’s adventure. Someone pulls out a guitar and begins creating a tune to tell the story of the mule ride. It is a grand tale.

As I drift off to sleep in the tent my dreams float to the place of gratitude. It is wonderful to be alive and my soul is nourished.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

 

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Coping with Impossible Situations

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Storms come through

excessive wind and rain

impossible conditions

coming in like a train

 

Some people are good

ready to lend a helping hand

others are evil

taking advantage of the storm’s band

 

Impossible situations

difficult decisions to make

critics abound

praying for God’s grace

 

Finally it happens

a rash of good deeds

showing love and kindness

everyone taking the lead

 

Prayers are answered

hope is spread

food, clothing, and shelter

God is not dead

 

Impossible situations

God made us for these

faith, hope, and love

for these we are lead

 

Impossible situations

healing has begun

restoring communities

one by one

 

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

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A Walk in the Night

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Darkness has fallen

as I walk on the tenebrous path

rain has begun to fall

nature taking a bath

 

Temperatures drop

chill in the air

path becomes muddy

my feet are bare

 

A rocky hill

insurmountable in the night

owls begin to hoot

now a feeling of fright

 

Sliding on the hill

there is a scrape upon my knee

sound of a close hiss

I begin to flee

 

Thunder and lightening

light up the night sky

taking an alternate route

afraid I may die

 

A familiar voice calls

safety around the corner

a cabin with fire and love

a gift having been ordered

 

Storm has stopped

full moon shines in the night

peace and serenity

lit by star’s light

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

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A Morning Walk

Early in the morning

coolness in the air

taking umbrage to mosquitoes

mostly without a care

 

Remembering the languor 

of a day not long ago

exploring the swamp

with my beau

 

Through the stillness

a story unfolds

of two young lovers

caught in the mist of woe

 

One wanted excitement

could never stand still

action with every turn

an instant thrill

 

The other more quiet

dreams of a simple life

serenity around every corner

never any strife

 

Two young lovers

a decision to make

journey life together

or make a permanent break

 

The swamp is still

trees reflecting in the sun

a snake swims by

the two lovers run

 

Running up the stairs

he carries her in his arms

the thrill of being together

her safe without harm

 

True love prevailed

twenty years of wedded bliss

combination of thrills and serenity

sealed with a passionate kiss

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

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Autumn: Season of Color and Abundance

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September comes

the debut is near

trees and bushes are ready

the signs are clear

 

Sun rises with high temperatures

jeopardizing the debut

high humidity with no rain

provides a big clue

 

Will autumn come

or will an error occur

humans and animals shake their head

then with high hopes concur

 

The show must go on

it happens each year

autumn is coming

there is no need to fear

 

Bright colorful foliage

emanating from the trees

leaves begin to drop

fulfilling a spiritual need

 

Abundant food

in each community a feast

acorns for squirrels

for human a roasted beast

 

Temperatures drop

coolness in the air

celebrations of plenty

many a state fair

 

Seasons change

 the life cycle continues

the journey is exciting

enjoying each venue

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

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A Peaceful Hike

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Glancing across the horizon

beauty everywhere

wanting to be a particle

spread across the air

 

Wishful thinking

taking it all in

difficult to breathe

the air is thin

 

Such diversity

mountains then a valley below

hiking across the country

pace is slow

 

Air particles concur

traveling within the wind

from warm to cold

each way on a whim

 

Settling down

a bear passes by

ignoring me

he has fish to fry

 

Feeling freedom

with each step

like the wind

knowing the depth

 

Hike ends 

making camp for the night

like the air particle

now out of sight

 

Sleeping now

lulled by the stream

now an air particle

a  peaceful dream

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

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Serene: Living on the Edge of the Day

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In the morning light

living on the edge of the day

mountains of possibilities

seeking serenity along the way

 

A small flower

blowing seeds in the wind

brushing away all issues

living life till the end

 

A deer runs by

spreading leaves in its path

enjoying the rush of wind

there is no wrath

 

In the river

geese engage in a show

splashing around gaggling

as if there are secrets to know

 

Continuing on

the river curves around

listening carefully

there is serenity in the sound

 

The journey continues

living in the moment each day

life is a universe unto itself

with love and laughter along the way

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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Wish: Hot Summer Night

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Up in the night sky

gazing upon the star

wishing for peace

contentment is not far

 

Darkness has come

creatures moving in the night

searching for adventure

stars providing the light

 

Wind rustles 

moving through the trees

creating silhouettes

fascinating to me

 

Creatures grow larger

as the dim light passes by

exaggerated personalities

featuring fireflies

 

Hot summer nights

encouragement to dream

eyes begin to close

sounds from the stream

 

Wishing upon the star

contentment has been found

my soul is nourished

abundant life is all around

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

 

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Spring Travel: Natchez Mississippi

Spring is a wonderful time to travel in the state of Mississippi. The flowers are in full bloom and the weather is pleasant. I recently took a day trip to Natchez, Mississippi during its spring pilgrimage. During this time the antebellum homes are open for touring and the history of Natchez is presented. In addition to the museums several privately owned homes are open during this period. Each house has been a part of American history and tells unique stories. This is a brief summary of the events of the day.

 

Natchez is on the Mississippi River and is the oldest settlement. Founded in 1716 it has served Mississippi from a frontier capital to the tourist destination that it is today. The first stop on my tour began at Fort Rosalie. It survived an Indian massacre in 1729. The Rosalie house was completed in 1823. Nestled along the Mississippi River the old house has beautiful gardens and a stately appearance. The huge trees surrounding the house create a quiet serene haven. There is a wonderful view of the river through the neatly cut grass field. Photography is not allowed in any of the antebellum homes. Each one has a rich history of a succession of families who lived in these homes for the past two to three hundred years.

 

After touring Rosalie the next stop on the tour is lunch at the Carriage House on the property of Stanton Hall. The restaurant serves southern style food and has a blue plate lunch special. I had the deviled egg potato salad, shrimp poboy, and gumbo. It was a wonderful mix of spices and flavors. The staff is attentive and the tables are quite elegant for fine dining. The Carriage House is used for events as well during the year.

 

After a relaxing lunch the next stop on the tour was Stanton Hall. Built in 1858 the stately house is open for tours and used for social occasions in Natchez. The house has been used as bed in breakfast which included guests such as General Macarthur and his family. It  has also been used for filming movies because of its elaborate furnishings and flair. The bedrooms in the house were used in the mini series North and South. This movie is one of the many stories about the American Civil War. The docents of the house have served there for many years and are happy to share all of the history of this house.

 

The afternoon concluded with a horse drawn carriage tour of downtown Natchez. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and told many stories of the buildings in town. Natchez has some eccentric characters in its history which make for an enjoyable afternoon filled with stories. Many of the buildings downtown have had multiple uses through the years and serve as a reminder of the rich history of this town.

 

It was late afternoon as we left Natchez to make our way home. Memories of this rich historical town will remain with me.  Our tour guides were helpful in suggesting restaurants and other places to visit. I look forward to visiting again to experience more of the historical significance of this town.

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce