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A Walk in the Night

clouds

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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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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Serene: Living on the Edge of the Day

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In the morning light

living on the edge of the day

mountains of possibilities

seeking serenity along the way

 

A small flower

blowing seeds in the wind

brushing away all issues

living life till the end

 

A deer runs by

spreading leaves in its path

enjoying the rush of wind

there is no wrath

 

In the river

geese engage in a show

splashing around gaggling

as if there are secrets to know

 

Continuing on

the river curves around

listening carefully

there is serenity in the sound

 

The journey continues

living in the moment each day

life is a universe unto itself

with love and laughter along the way

 

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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Wish: Hot Summer Night

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Up in the night sky

gazing upon the star

wishing for peace

contentment is not far

 

Darkness has come

creatures moving in the night

searching for adventure

stars providing the light

 

Wind rustles 

moving through the trees

creating silhouettes

fascinating to me

 

Creatures grow larger

as the dim light passes by

exaggerated personalities

featuring fireflies

 

Hot summer nights

encouragement to dream

eyes begin to close

sounds from the stream

 

Wishing upon the star

contentment has been found

my soul is nourished

abundant life is all around

 

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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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