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Creature: An Old Bridge

old bridge picture of daddy's

 

The old bridge 

filled with many creatures

a tinge of nostalgia

with its many features

 

There is a small colony

at the base

fish and algae

a haven from the river race

 

Microbes

creatures of old

feast on decay

part of the tale to be told

 

Recreation of history

as creatures cross

this bridge has seen lifetimes

only nature is the boss

 

A new bridge is built

the old remains

part of the ecosystem

contributing food and travel to the chain

 

Meditation ends

the sun begins to set

there is a glow on the bridge

wildlife needs are met

 

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A Penchant Stairway

cypress swamp stairs march 2017

 

Climbing the stairs of life

with a penchant to live

kindness and love to others

beautiful to give

 

Obstacles to climbing the stairs

sometimes painful and hard

lesson is in the journey

have come so far

 

A helping hand reaches out

the journey eases

on to the next stairway

confidence increases

 

Seeing another struggling

offering my hand along the way

reaching the next level

continuing to pray

 

The penchant for life continues

there is much joy

communicating with others

more love to employ

 

Coming to the top

there is music in the air

the journey is complete

people rejoicing everywhere

 

Meditation ends

the start of a new day

thanking God for his blessings

new journey begins today

 

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A Solitary Journey

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Wandering down a path

coming to a crossroads

do I go solitary

or take a load

 

What is important

to take across this bridge

taking one day at a time

do I have the courage

 

There is so much

pain, turmoil, and emotional strife

do I leave it behind

for a better quality of life

 

Crossing the bridge

to a new day ahead

exercising kindness to others

a new place to be led

 

A place of love

where people live in harmony

a place where change

begins with me

 

Crossing this bridge

leaving it all behind

creating a better world

crossing a solitary line

 

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The Tailored Stairway

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God tailored the world

a place for you and me

we are made from it

a beautiful place to see

 

Our life is a series

of adventurous steps

learning from one another

knowing ourselves in depth

 

Our journey winds

tailored steps along the way

making choices

that affect us every day

 

Kindness and love

lessons along the way

adventures in all

on the winded stairway

 

Life is a journey

like a stairway

faith going up

to Heaven’s gateway

 

Loving one another

till the very end

seeing another stairway

a new journey to begin

 

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Mississippi Bridges

 

old bridge picture of daddy's

Beautiful old Mississippi Bridge – old family picture

 

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Biloxi Bay Bridge – Biloxi, Mississippi

 

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Old Bridges

old bridge picture of daddy's

Old bridges

solid as they can be

speaking to the past

in the world surrounding me

 

The generations past

tell stories to one another

hoping not to repeat

the mistakes of the other

 

Solid and moving each way

the generations learn

to work together

as a uniform way to earn

 

Love is the stronghold

that holds us together

we must never forget

lest we untether

 

The days pass as we are young

Excited at how the day unfolds

But like the old bridges

One day our stories will be retold

 

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Designing and Building Bridges: A Guide to a Happy Life

ms gulf coast bridge may 9

Mississippi has beautiful bridges. Some are draw bridges that let the big ships come through on the coast. Others cross the rivers and creeks allowing people and cars to safely navigate the roads and highways. There is such beauty in how big and regal bridges stand along the highways.

My father worked as a civil engineer designing bridges all over the state. As a child he would point out every small aspect of a bridge. Every bridge he worked on made up a part of his life. They were a trace of who he was. He often used these bridges to point out life lessons for me.

The first life lesson for me is to respect the life surrounding you. Before a bridge can be designed and built a site must be chosen and surveyed. The ecosystem surrounding the bridge is studied for the effect the bridge will have on the wildlife. Many bridges in Mississippi have been delayed or moved through the years due to the effects on the ecosystem.

A healthy ecosystem is important to all of us. Making a few small changes in lives to protect our environment is easy and as a daily habit hardly noticeable. One small sign of respect for life is not throwing trash on our highway systems. It is an easy habit to develop and makes a positive significant difference in the ecosystems.

The second life lesson for me is to design your life for positive improvement. The design of the bridge is a complement to its surroundings. If the bridge has design flaws then the environment will falter. My father believed that we should be a positive example for the people that we came in contact with. My life should be filled with kindness and compassion toward everyone that I meet.

Sometimes kindness and compassion are difficult to show in the extreme difficulties of life. It is hard to practice these concepts in a world that is cruel and bitter. Sometimes circumstances force us to see the evil that is abundant in this world. But a few kind words and compassion can cause a small light to shine that will spread and overcome some of the evil in the world. A bit of the bitterness and cruel behavior is changed by one small act of kindness.

The third life lesson was that there should be strength in my character. Bridges are built with strong concrete and bearings. They are made to withstand the harsh elements and the many pounds of weight that the bridge is subject to each day. Thus it was to be with my character as shown by strength in my integrity and hard work to sustain the harsh realities of life.

The fourth lesson was to see the larger picture and realize that the issues of life were just passing through. Draw bridges have points where the bridge will split and let the large boats go through. These bridges are fascinating to watch. In a small span of time they will open and let the ship pass. Then the bridge will close and the traffic pattern will return to normal.

In times of crisis we are often in conflict with one another. Working together can be difficult at times. Remembering that the common goal of solving an issue requires comprise and diplomacy. By letting the small issues pass through then we can work on the larger issues that affect all of us. The conflict can be resolved and perhaps the circumstances can be improved for all people.

The fifth lesson was build relationships that will last a lifetime. There are many old bridges in Mississippi that are still standing after new bridges have been built to replace them. The old steel keeps them strong and many are used as piers or alternate routes in times of adversity. Like the old bridges new relationships are entered but there is a place for the old ones to be nurtured and cherished.

old bridge picture of daddy's

The final life lesson is to understand that bridges bring cultures and people together. By working with a diversity of  people we can all benefit. Bridges are wonderful in that they take the road in two directions. One side will bring things into one place and the other side will take things to another place. Both sides of the bridge are equally important and should be respected.

My father has been gone for many years now. I love to travel the highways and roads of Mississippi and see the bridges that he took part in designing. He left a legacy of helping to secure strong bridges to connect people. This is the lesson that carries me through this life.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

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