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A Year of Kindness, Music And Gratitude

Happy New Year! I pray that your new year will be one filled with love and joy. I am bringing in a new theme to my blog emphasizing kindness, music and gratitude. There will still be poetry and articles on Mississippi as these things bring me joy. In an effort to live more intentionally, I will be adding posts about random acts of kindness.

Random acts of kindness have had a profound effect on my life. It has taught me love, empathy, and compassion. During some of the darkest times these acts have given me hope and a reason to live. I will never know the names of all the people whose acts of kindness have affected my life. Each act has created a ripple effect that has changed me and now affects everyone that I meet in so many unexpected ways. Giving without expecting anything in return is one of life’s greatest joys.

In a world filled with fear and despair one act of kindness can change the course of someone’s life. A train of random acts of kindness has the power to create hope and love. Simple things such as a smile and word of encouragement are so powerful.

Please join me in this year of kindness. I welcome ideas and stories of how each of you has changed a life through the power of giving. Together we can make a difference.

The second goal for me in this new year is to relearn to play the flute. I played it in elementary and middle school. It has numerous benefits as well as a fun instrument to play. My progress should be entertaining. Throughout the year there will be a few videos of me playing the flute.

A final goal for this year is to exercise gratitude for all blessings. Some of my poetry will reflect this goal.

Thank you for reading and commenting on Piper’s Adventures. Your support has made a difference in my life and I appreciate all of you.

Here’s to the New Year. May 2022 be a year filled with love and joy. Cheers!

copyright 2022 Debbie Pierce

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Halloween in the Forest

Euphoria in the night

regurgitating tales of old

friends gather

in the autumn cold

Hot apple cider with rum

a homemade drink

gnarl in a tree as a tray

toasting as the mugs clink

Lighting sparklers

dancing in the night

a squirrel joining in the fun

causing a fright

Gathered in blankets

ghost stories are told

of devils appearing

with promises of gold

The moon is full

as the revelers make their way home

filled with joy

allowing imaginations to roam

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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A Meditation of Gratitude

A leisure walk

admiring the red and yellow leaves

anything is possible

if you believe

A cool wind blows

as the sun basks on my face

animals talk and birds sing

happiness to embrace

Gratitude for life

filled with joy and love

meditating in the forest

a gift from above

Looking within

remembering days gone by

good times and bad

having faith to rely

Love is in the air

my honey waits for me

welcome with a huge hug

eyes gleaming like the sea

Meditation over

a holiday to embrace

food, family, and friends

filled with grace

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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A Moonlit Festival

The moonlight filtered

through the trees

an autumn festival in the woods

comforting for me

A combination of

music and food

a small craft fair

serenity is the mood

Many types of art

exhibited on the street

fall wreaths and decorated knockers

all colorful treats

Painted faces

children diving for apples

a variety of carnival rides

candy with a snapple

Sitting by a bonfire

joining in the singing

delightful voices

a bell is ringing

Home now

snoozing by the fire

happy and content

with all that I desire

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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Freedom Celebration

The boisterous boys are playing

while I am relaxing on the swing

an overview of a holiday

in which freedom rings

On this long weekend off

a picnic feast awaits

community coming together

family congregates

Sharing stories

real and fantasy

sea life surrounds us

sharing hospitality

Sun is setting

a colorful prelude

to the fireworks coming

setting a wonderful mood

Celebrating freedom

remembering how it all began

gratitude to all who fought

for this great land

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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A New Year ‘s Day Meditation

Wind blowing through the chimes

singing a song

birds on the feeders

helping the melody along

A new day

the beginning of a new year

the sun shines bright

thoughts of love and cheer

Peace fills my heart

another new day

wind speaking to my soul

guiding me along the way

A new year

filled with optimism and grace

opportunities to serve

to see His face

Smiling now

seeing the beauty along the way

praying for all to experience joy

on this New Year’s Day

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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A True Loving Mississippi Story

One child 2 years old is lost

without a shoe in the street

traffic flowing

not missing a beat

Seen by one

running to save a life

another stopped to help

amid all the strife

A third person stops

calling the police

child standing with safe haven

sighing with relief

Another person stops

as we search for the child’s home

wanting to know how to help

the child is not alone

The police come

helping to figure it out

the child is calm

feeling safe and does not pout

Siblings arrive

rejoicing running up the street

the child had accidentally gotten out

following a dog with bare feet

People helping each other

not a thought given to religion or race

helping an innocent child

experience love instead of hate

copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce

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Giddy: A Moonlit Night

Dancing in the moonlight

giddy as can be

somewhat in a trance

a whole new world to see

 

Rain coming down

sweet to my lips

splashing around in the water

embracing the drips

 

Light from the moon

awareness begin to grow

in harmony with nature

creates a brief shadow

 

In the midst of the wind

an owl begins to hoot

sending out messages

frogs follow suit

 

Rain is gone

sky is clear

stars in the sky

some are near

 

A beautiful night

feeling quite free

grateful to be alive

bending to my knee

 

Thanking God 

for the blessings of this night

alone in the darkness

everything is alright

 

copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce

 

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Happy Independence Day

What a glorious day

to think about Independence

the blessings and privileges

that have come my way

 

Freedom of thought

and of things to share

the right to agree or disagree

about the things we care

 

Freedom to move about

to see and enjoy this great land

from the seashores to the mountains

by any mode of transportation we can

 

Freedom to worship God

or the freedom not to

expressions of faith

see our souls through

 

Happy Birthday America

celebrations throughout the land

fireworks and barbecue

parades and bands

 

In the pursuit of freedom

many lives have been lost

cherish and protect it

freedom comes at a cost

 

God bless America

on this Independence Day

let freedom ring

as we go our way

 

copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Night Time Train Ride

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The night train to New Orleans

chugs along at a slow pace

in a cushy seat

my soul relaxes from the rat race

 

Sounds enter the mind

of music fast and slow

from the ivory keys of a piano

lifting spirits from a low

 

Visits to the cathedral come next

windows filled with saintly images

lighting a candle of hope

sad mood diminishes

 

Sitting in a cafe

listening to tall tales

sipping on coffee and beignets

of exciting city details

 

Street performers

performing magical feats

exciting the crowds

causing many a racing heart beat

 

Now on the way home

drifting into a comfortable sleep

my soul is relaxed

as the night train creeps

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

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