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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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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 Child’s Thanksgiving

Steve and Deb age 5 to 7 (2_) (2)

Smiling for the camera

ice cream in my hand

Grandma’s for Thanksgiving

leaves falling across the land

 

Smiles and laughter

a game of red rover

waiting for dinner

come on over

 

Sitting in the kitchen

at the children’s table

special surprises

so grateful

 

Running through the orchard

apples on the trees

jumping to pick them

falling in the leaves

 

On the porch

stories being told

of family history

by those who are old

 

Thankful for the memories

of a day so long ago

can still hear the laughter

the love continues to grow

 

Over fifty years later

I still love ice cream

visiting the people long gone

in pleasant dreams

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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Art in the Mist of a Hurricane

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Amidst the ruins

following a hurricane’s fury

lies an esoteric monument

not made in a hurry

 

Compassion is expressed

for a way of life lost

created out of remnants of wood

knowing the cost

 

Fury in a storm

communities wiped out

a national tragedy

there is much fallout

 

Many people flee

having lost all they had

no way to recover

all is sad

 

A small piece of wood

a monument to what has passed

hope has returned

optimism to last

 

The communities are rebuilt

the people have returned

prospering now

with lessons learned

 

Carvings of art

along the highway

may we never forget

those lost on that day

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/10/05/fowc-with-fandango-esoteric/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/national/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/rdp-saturday-amidst/

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OctPoWriMo Prompts: Doorway – Open or Closed: Oct 5

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Doorway to adventures

with the opening of a book

so many stories

excited to take a look

 

A journey to the sea

unique creatures to explore

each page a new universe

beautiful words to be adored

 

Perhaps a journey to the stars

descriptions so shiny and bright

other planets to explore

or ride on a comet’s tail light

 

Another adventure

is the human soul

where does it come and go

what is its goal

 

A small  door containing

 the world in a box

excitement and adventures

ready to be unlocked

 

Small libraries appear in random places

many books to partake

just open the door and choose

which journey  you take

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

 

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A Lizard’s Life

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Atop the gutters

with a wistful glance

an eye on a prize

almost in a trance

 

Blending in

the prize moves fast

in a corrupt environment

no hiding place can last

 

Running quickly

changing colors with each room

getting closer

prize about to meet its doom

 

A calculated leap

have been spotted now

prize moving fast

letting out a yowl

 

Not fast enough

acting with haste

my mouth watering

oh! what a delightful taste

 

Scurrying back

somethings chasing me now

back into the bushes

safely eating my chow

 

The life of a lizard

living with incredible speed

enjoying the moment

in whatever color it needs

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/rdp-sunday-corrupt/

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/09/29/fowc-with-fandango-wistful/

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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

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/rdp-saturday-languor/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/initial/

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/09/28/fowc-with-fandango-umbrage-2/

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A Peaceful Museum on the Natchez Trace

Sitting on a hill

the old homestead stood

living in eras past

porch has some chopped wood

 

In days of old

it was the habit of the caretaker

to hand lemonade out to guests

with ice cream from a wood maker

 

In those early days

explorers crossed the land

seeking a nights lodging

listening to nature’s band

 

Confusion reigned 

in the next centuries years

a great war raged 

there were many tears

 

After the war was over

magnanimous reconciliation occurred

as the culture was rebuilt

different sounds were heard

 

Coming forward

the house is a museum now

testament to the changes around it

ghosts of the past taking a bow

 

Sitting along a peaceful road

lessons from the past

one with its surroundings

resting at last

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/09/27/fowc-with-fandango-magnanimous/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/habit/

https://nuthousecentral.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/rdp-friday-confusion/

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Blooms in the Wind

Native to this land

blowing in the wind

azalea blooms duplicate

spreading color within

 

Never missing a beat

continually in bloom

exciting onlookers

creating a festive room

 

So many colors

dominate the land

exciting diversity

each lending a hand

 

Offering so much

as each bloom grows

asking so little

spreading what it knows

 

Life is abundant

inner spirits filled with peace

living in the moment

together bounty will increase

 

Continuing in many forms

throughout the year

growing bushes

nothing to fear

 

Meditation over

morning sun fills my face

meandering along

grateful for God’s grace

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/09/17/fowc-with-fandango-duplicate/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/native/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/rdp-tuesday-missing/

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jumble:upbeat: A Nature Symphony

 

wind chimes

Upbeat music

wind weaves a tune

calling to wildlife

must come soon

 

Suddenly a sound

singing with the wind

songbirds harmonize

hymns that never end

 

Adding to the jumble

hummingbirds buzz by

wings adding rhythm

music high in the sky

 

Cicadas come

adding bass

the symphony continues

music begins to race

 

At the height

some bees chime in

buzzing to the melody

harmony begins to win

 

The wind silences

the music dies away

nature returns to normal

as the ensemble goes their way

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/09/16/fowc-with-fandango-upbeat/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/rdp-monday-jumble/