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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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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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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

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Azalea in the Spring

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From the bloom

there is a story to be told

tales of adventure

the colors are bold

 

The journey begins

in a land far away

filled with emptiness

faith had begun to sway

 

The winter was long

buried beneath the ground

lonely and cold

seemed no one was around

 

Then it happened

a warm wind began to blow

sun began to shine

there was life below

 

Having faith

on this brand new day

springing forth with color

growth gave way

 

Opening up

shining from within

promise of continuing life

faith has a win

 

Spring has come

colorful life everywhere

time for joy

happiness to share

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

 

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Comfort: Voices From Beyond

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I heard your voice today

from Heaven so far away

comforting me still

as my faith begins to sway

 

Tears flowing 

down my cheeks

missing you

all these weeks

 

A kind word

gift of a book

of words I need to hear

smile with your look

 

Knowing you 

are not far away

sending a message of love

faith has a way

 

Time will pass

love will never die

you are always with me

love does not lie

 

Praying for you everyday

God’s love carries me through

our separation is temporary

love death can never undo

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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Spring: Birds

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Songs in the air

the birds are singing

searching for a nest

a doorbell is ringing

 

Sitting on a perch

ready to move in

gathering branches

the nest is thin

 

Little ones now

the nest is full

sounds of chirping

worms to pull

 

Sun is out

learning to fly

aerial tricks

time passing by

 

Leaving the nest

to explore the world

cycle of life continues as

adventures become unfurled

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

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Winter Blooms in the Spring

Hope in the spring

from winter blooms

beautiful colors

fill the room

 

Promises of life

continue to grow

the spirit soars

the heart knows

 

Love never dies

birds continue to sing

soothing songs to the soul

each with a unique ring

 

Looking closer

bees buzz around

spring blooms emerging

nature has a relaxing sound

 

Meditation over

peace has returned

life continues

love is affirmed

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

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Spring: Morning on the Bayou

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Across the horizon

a new day begins

nature joyfully singing

the fog is thin

 

Kayaking along the bay

a fish jumps high

thrashing around

with others nearby

 

Squirrels in the trees

leaving a nest

jumping around

running without rest

 

Sea gulls in the air

playing aerial games

enjoying the wind

no manuever is the same

 

Calmness abound

renewal of the soul

sun sparkles on the water

new tales to be told

 

Stopping now

time to grab a bite

feeling blessed this morning

everything is just right

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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Love Never Dies

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Walking down the bridge

I feel you by my side

the wind in my hair

like a natural high

 

Though I am alone

you are in the trees and sky

your love is everywhere

embracing me from up high

 

A smooth reflection

wind whispering in the trees

your warm presence

a comfort to me

 

Time has passed

since you were here

called to Heaven above

you are still near

 

Love never dies

it continues to live

encouraging me to go on

your spirit continues to give

 

Crossing this bridge

am never alone

admiring the beauty

till I am called home

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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Through the Mirror of Time

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! A time of sadness for me that is comforted by the Heavenly Light.

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Through the mirror of time

lies memories of past

a day of happiness

meant to last

 

Dreams from long ago

a couple beaming with bliss

a Christmas wedding

straight from Santa’s list

 

Blessings from the Light

a gift to the world

a tiny cry of hope

emotions in a twirl

 

Happiness reigns

till the end of time

a spiritual connection

a Heavenly bind

 

On this Christmas

celebrate the Light

know pure love

is in sight

 

copyright 2018 Debbie Pierce