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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

 

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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

azaela in park

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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Spring: Festival of Celebration

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Colors bursting forth

spring is in the air

new beginnings abound

flower shows with a flair

 

A time of celebration

festivals are around

walking and biking

everyone comes to town

 

In the midst of the flowers

there is a band

young men and women dancing

joy across the land

 

Aromas of food

floating down the street

vendors selling their wares

performers on their feet

 

The festival persists

 into the night

sounds of music

under the street lights

 

The festival ends

there are sounds in the night

bugs are singing

a few spread some light

 

The moon is high

waiting for a new day

spring passing through

joy along the way

 

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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Spring is a new beginning

apple bloom 2 april 14

Spring is a new beginning

pollen in the air

blooms expressing new life

colors with a flair

 

Renewal expressed

in the sun and clouds

warmth across the land

thunderstorms are loud

 

The soul rejoices

at the return of life

promises of a new beginning

adventure without strife

 

Love returns

bees begin to dance

birds singing songs

life in a trance

 

Time of renewal

joy in things present and past

a smile on my face

peace has returned at last

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce