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A New Year’s Stroll

Walking along the path

on a cold winter day

trees filled with ice

sun lighting the way

A cardinal sings

a happy song

welcoming me

as I walk along

Spotting the proper branch

I hang some sunflower seed

an act of kindness

food for creatures in need

Ice crystals sparkle

in the morning sun

prisms filled with color

beautiful webs are spun

Connecting with nature

experiencing a new world

the year is young

peace and harmony unfurl

Smile on my face

calmness in the air

a year of intentional living

life with flair

Meditation over

happiness in my heart

spirit is warmed

by nature’s art

copyright 2022 Debbie Pierce

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A Morning Stroll

Searching for perfection

on this beautiful day

a storm washed out a gulley

pushing rocks out of the way

Water swirling

causing a waterfall to blossom

I saw it immediately

the beauty is awesome

The perfect stone appears

now clean and pure

colors reflecting from it

magical I am sure

Picking it up

rubbing it on my face

cleansing my skin

taking away all waste

Slipping from my hand

the stone returns to the river

splashing cool water

causing me to shiver

The waterfall disappears

as the water becomes quite still

the end of an adventure

that was a thrill

Walking into the woods

heading back home

enjoying the magic

the freedom to roam

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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Living in Harmony

Exploring the trail

a scientific adventure

wanting to know more

there will be no censure

Examining the trees

such beautiful bark

the backbone of the forest

the contrast is stark

Farther down

looking at life in the river

fish everywhere

a snake begins to slither

Now seeing wild life

deer and squirrels

playing delightfully

running in circles

Food abound

acorns everywhere

a winter food drive

before the trees are bare

Loving the ecosystem

amazed at its sufficiency

such a wonder

like a symphony

All is interwoven

a mutual dependency

all things have a purpose

nothing works separately

Walking home

a smile on my face

having learned so much

about how the forest is interlaced

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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The Red Forest

Walking in the forest

listening to the psithurism in the trees

the brilliant red colors

put my soul at ease

Walking is new

my propensity is to run

taking in the beauty

basking in the filtered sun

In earlier life

embracing the rat race

spending much cabbage

trying to keep pace

Older now

having altered my life

journey taking a different course

enjoying the wildlife

Hearing the music

coming from the wind and birds

appreciating the simple things

hard to put into words

The seasons change

joy to express

the journey is much slower

my soul is impressed

Sitting on a river bank

attempting to catch some fish

blessed beyond measure

soul filled with serenity and bliss

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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A Comforting Meditation

An early morning walk

along the creek

the water wildly flowing

equally my heart beat

Sitting on a rock

attempting to mellow out

so much happening

faith beginning to doubt

Clouds above me

beginning to cry

what happened

the world has gone awry

A calming voice

the sun comes from behind the clouds

the streams are sparkling

reassurance heard quite loud

There is a season

to all of life

sometimes it is calm

other times with strife

You are never alone

feel My healing hand

observe all the seasons

look at the land

In the winter

everything falls asleep

seems like death

causing many to weep

Then spring comes

there is a renewal

beautiful flowers

like a heavenly crown jewel

Summer arrives

time for joy and play

all is in full bloom

sun shines all day

Autumn comes

a harvest of abundance

falling colorful leaves

landscape is wonderous

Then winter comes

the seasons cycle again

there are lessons in each

every blessing is a win

Meditation over

wiping away my tears

my soul is nourished

there is no more fear

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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A Morning Meditation

There is a gnawing feeling

in my soul

that the sun will not shine

a common story often told

An operation going on

the world continues to change

so many rumors

is the light out of range

Sitting on the edge

picking a rose

it never seems to worry

how the wind blows

Watching the mountain

the sun begins to beam

reassuring and warm

stones in the river sparkle and gleam

A deer walks by

not afraid to be near

the beam surrounds

the sky is so clear

Calmer now

comforted and warm

time to walk home

no longer fearing the storm

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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A Land River

Walking along the trail

landscape creates an illusion

of a flowing river

creating some confusion

Grass and moss

liquid in the shadows

flowing with precision

combining mountains and meadows

Wildlife abound

in the moss and trees

crickets singing

birds flying in the breeze

Like a dream of

walking on the water

jumping and twirling

molding images like a potter

The sun shifts

the mossy river fades

till the next cycle

the return of the shade

An awesome creation

the wonders of the land

grateful to be a part

something so grand

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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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 turningĀ  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


copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce



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An Adventure in the Grand Canyon

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I love the early mornings inĀ 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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