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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/

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A Cave Adventure

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Looking back to the insanity

of an adventure yesterday

there was milquetoast explorer

that got lost along the way

 

Wandering into a mountain

he encountered a strange site

sitting on ledges was a being

surrounded by light

 

The being saw him

as he turned run

all the sudden stuck

the being decided to have fun

 

Strumming on an instrument

the being began to croon

causing the man to dance

he got his groove

 

Communication is odd

as each one expressed his life

the milquetoast gained courage

listening to the fife

 

In an instant the man’s life was changed

did he received what he craved

music and being were gone

he was alone in the cave

 

Wandering out

never to be lost again

the world was now exciting

there was a new day to begin

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/10/04/fowc-with-fandango-milquetoast/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/rdp-friday-insanity/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/yesterday/

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An Autumn Transition

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A misty vapor

comes across the land

the first signs of fall

crickets and frogs lead the band

 

A wrinkled leaf 

floats in the mist

birds migrating south

a flippant song on their lips

 

Such beauty

as the leaves begin to turn

showing much color

makes the heart yearn

 

Hearty abundance

covers the landscape

squirrels gather acorns

as the birds escape

 

Colorful leaves gathered

on a mantle to be admired

others raked into a pile

thrown onto a bonfire

 

A watery mist

snow begins to fall

steep drops in temperatures

a hibernation call

 

The days grow cold

there is little light

wrapped up in a blanket

meditating on a peaceful night

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

 

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/wrinkle/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/rdp-tuesday-vapor/

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/10/01/fowc-with-fandango-flippant/

 

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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/

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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

 

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

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Autumn: Season of Color and Abundance

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September comes

the debut is near

trees and bushes are ready

the signs are clear

 

Sun rises with high temperatures

jeopardizing the debut

high humidity with no rain

provides a big clue

 

Will autumn come

or will an error occur

humans and animals shake their head

then with high hopes concur

 

The show must go on

it happens each year

autumn is coming

there is no need to fear

 

Bright colorful foliage

emanating from the trees

leaves begin to drop

fulfilling a spiritual need

 

Abundant food

in each community a feast

acorns for squirrels

for human a roasted beast

 

Temperatures drop

coolness in the air

celebrations of plenty

many a state fair

 

Seasons change

 the life cycle continues

the journey is exciting

enjoying each venue

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/09/24/fowc-with-fandango-debut/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/rdp-tuesday-error/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/jeopardize/

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Material Life: Too Much or Too Little

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Walking along 

the path of life

an age old question

does cash buy happiness or strife

 

With or without

each brings challenges

knowledge of the world

can bring life into balance

 

Too much indulgence

one does not appreciate the journey

boredom comes easily

much time spent with an attorney

 

Too little cash

the struggle is clear

food, clothing, and housing

attempting to hold on to what’s dear

 

Too much or too little

subtle changes can make life richer

appreciating small things

become a giver

 

There is knowledge to be gained

living within our means

the grass is not always greener

whether wealthy or lean

 

Balance is having enough

cashing in on all things

accepting the journey

and all the joys it brings

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/rdp-monday-subtle/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/knowledge/

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/09/23/fowc-with-fandango-cash/

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A Peaceful Hike

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Glancing across the horizon

beauty everywhere

wanting to be a particle

spread across the air

 

Wishful thinking

taking it all in

difficult to breathe

the air is thin

 

Such diversity

mountains then a valley below

hiking across the country

pace is slow

 

Air particles concur

traveling within the wind

from warm to cold

each way on a whim

 

Settling down

a bear passes by

ignoring me

he has fish to fry

 

Feeling freedom

with each step

like the wind

knowing the depth

 

Hike ends 

making camp for the night

like the air particle

now out of sight

 

Sleeping now

lulled by the stream

now an air particle

a  peaceful dream

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/22/concure/

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Life in Perspective

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Hidden in the closet

is the library of my life

filled with stories

of dreams and strife

 

Starting at age five

an antagonist inside me

lies stories of monsters

telling me to flee

 

The teenage years

wearing a back brace

filled with ridicule

and heartache

 

Approaching mid thirties

will life begin to change

new opportunities

living within a comfortable range

 

Late forties

love has found me at last

he is my better half

having a blast

 

Mid fifties

death took my love

searching for answers

looking to God above

 

The future is perfect

living in the moment each day

there is always hope

it never goes away

 

The perfect moment

perceived as a future event

 composed of the present

as we live in the moment

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

 

 

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/09/18/fandangos-provocative-question-41/

“The past is always tense, the future perfect.”

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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/

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