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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

 

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A Yellow Flower Ribbon

 

 

Tying a yellow ribbon

around an old oak tree

sending a message to Heaven

you are still the one for me

 

Sending you hugs and kisses

from my heart to yours

living each moment

singing like a bird

 

Feeling you in the wind

your smile in the sun shine

thankful for each day

that you are mine

 

See all the yellow ribbons

that are being sent in my heart

loving you forever

knowing we will never part

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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The New Year

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Frigid cold on the mountain tops

a new year to get to know

sleeping dreams ready to rise

in the the flakes of snow

 

Months pass

the first bud of spring

renewal of life in the air

fledgling birds spread their wings

 

The soul senses change

with each new sun rise

tranquility and peace

experience helps us become wise

 

Reflections of trees

crispness in the air

leaves gently spreading color

birds singing with a flair

 

Winter sleep comes again

feeling like the comfort of a friend

silence and reflection

till another year begins

 

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Life as a Flower

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A flower sits alone

as schools of fish swim by

asking questions about loneliness

not wanting to hear a lie

 

The flower cried

then suddenly a wisp of wind

asking why the tears

my beautiful friend

 

The flower lamented

alone with many creatures around

nothing to love me

feeling root bound

 

The rain came

and answered with the wind

you are not alone

there are many friends

 

Uniqueness

makes what you are

all wildlife has a gift

loving you near and far

 

Seeds are carried

and you landed here

flourishing in an environment

to spread love and cheer

 

Listen to those around

and you will feel warm

soon other flowers will come

seeds in the storm

 

The flower smiled

as a new bloom arose

alike but different

glowing as it grows

 

The river welcomed

life old and new

living in community

love grew

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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The Living Land

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Blast heard across the land

coming suddenly like the wind

some trees almost made it

the world was in a spin

 

The land was decimated

such was the power of the fire

now it it is barren

the situation is dire

 

Arising out of the ashes

there is a tender green leaf

life is reemerging

will it be brief

 

Winter passes

there is hope in the spring

small animals return

the river forges a new ring

 

People come

manually clearing the brush

breaths of fresh air

there is no rush

 

Seasons pass

continued growth in the land

birds are singing

the animals form a band

 

Suddenly lightening strikes

the forest burns again

still some survive

fire put out by rain and wind

 

The Earth is alive

renewal in seasons and storms

ever changing 

adventure is the norm

 

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Lost in a Storm

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The day grows colder

as my soul searches for solitude

walking in the snow

the screaming wind an interlude

 

Snow coming down hard

the trees begin to bend

treacherous storm

is there no end

 

Lost now

the spirits begin to hunt

my soul begs for mercy

the only sound is grunts

 

Trudging further ahead

praying for the light

has God forgotten me

He is out of site

 

Praying fervently

almost dead

suddenly a bright light

telling me not to dread

 

Coming closer

a voice screams in the wind

take hold of my hand

come out of the whirlwind

 

My hand takes hold 

as the spirits begin to run

soul safe now

the Light has won

 

copyright 2019 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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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

 

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