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Alligator Hole In One

alligator on golf course 2 may 5

The alligator lies in the sun

with deep brown eyes

relaxing on the golf course

watching the golf balls fly by

 

One golfer hits a ball

a little too close

totally unaware

of an alligator’s boast

 

He goes to retrieve the ball

the alligator’s head in the air

thinking he can hit the alligator

with a snare

 

The alligator sees the golfer

swishes his tail up high

hitting the lost ball

in the air going wide

 

The golf ball flies through the air

for a total hole in one

The alligator rests his head

again in the sun

 

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Imagination : The Rule of the Day

snoopy bicycle clinton

Snoopy flies his plane

high in the air

paragon of times gone by

when cartoons had a flair

 

The plane flies over the world

Snoopy with a smile on his face

having fun imagining

being a World War 1 flying ace

 

Imagination is a paragon

to a foreign land

where kindness rules

people hand in hand

 

Snoopy is a symbol

to people every where

fun and happiness

imagination to bear

 

Have a good laugh today

let worry and strife fade away

Smile at other people

Imagination is the way

 

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The Blue Heron

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The blue heron

a paragon of dignity

so easy to see

an example to humanity

 

He stands in the water

with a cap so blue

admiring the sunrise

the day is anew

 

God created him a home

so perfect in every way

providing for his needs

paragon for the day

 

A lesson for us

to be content

standing tall with dignity

not to lament

 

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Focus: Insects in Nature

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Bee focusing on pollinating a flower.

 

blue bug 2 petrified forest april 14

Slightly out of focus blue bug on a piece of petrified wood.

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Tree Stands Firm

rocky springs tree april 28

A tree sits high

above the ground

struggling to survive

the soil is gone from around

 

The summer rains come

each and everyday

thunderstorms light the sky

washing the soil away

 

God gave us a soul

planted firmly in the ground

trusting in Him

to keep us abound

 

Treating one another

with kindness, dignity, and respect

prevents our souls from wasting

away per dissect

 

Loving one another

closes the puncture

everyday in life

as we pass through its  juncture

 

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Healing From Within

Grand Canyon Survive

There is a puncture in the canyon

a hole for all to see

showing parts of the sky

beauty for you and me

 

The canyon is like our hearts

with holes from life’s struggles

times can be difficult

when we juggle

 

God heals us

when we lean on Him

comfort and healing

comes from within

 

The puncture closes up

when we love one another

communities helping

to heal each other

 

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The American Flag: A Symbol of Opportunity

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Flag day is an important day in my household. We honor the American flag and reflect upon how it symbolizes aspects of our lives. I come from a military family that has faithfully served this country for over a century.

There is an American flag that sits in a shadow box on the mantle above the fireplace. It has been lovingly stored there for many years. It was a gift to my father many years ago and he placed it this box . It stood as a symbol of the life he lived and the gratitude felt for being allowed to live in this country.

The flag was special because it had been flown above the United States Capital in Washington, DC. These flags may be obtained through writing your congressman and paying a small fee. It is a privilege to have one of these American flags.

This country was founded on the principle of freedom. In the beginning that freedom appeared to be limited to a few men. After many years of war and various movements freedom is now available to the people of this country. There are still obstacles to be overcome but there is still freedom underneath this flag.

As a family we celebrate the freedom this country allows through the display of the American flag. It is a reminder to my family that the life we enjoy came from the sacrifice of many individuals. They are to be honored and not forgotten.

Struggle for freedom comes in many forms. There are people in this country trapped in economic hardship that seems impossible to overcome. To these people the struggle is real and for many it seems that there is no hope.

America is the land of opportunity. God has blessed this land and her people with natural resources and the freedom to start over repeatedly. This is a country where each day is a new beginning. Economic hardship can become a struggle of the past.

The American flag is a symbol of that opportunity and freedom. Immigrants have long come to this country searching for a better life. When they see the flag it is a reminder of that hope.

In the late 1800’s my grandparent’s immigrated to this country to escape famine. The few family members that remained alive boarded a boat to America. Having heard that there was opportunity and farm land in Mississippi they immediately migrated south. There was hope for the first time in many years.

The family worked on various farms as they made their way to Mississippi. The labor was difficult and they saved money from each meager check. My great-grandfather was a vet and was able to make extra money tending to sick livestock.

Finally arriving in Mississippi the family bought a small farm. They raised their own food and soon life began to improve. The children were expected to seek out opportunity and work hard. Each generation increased a little farther on the economic ladder.

Soon many years passed and the world was in the midst of World War 1. The sons of the family in Mississippi were drafted and fought in a foreign land. Each time the American flag  was flown it reminded them of home. Seeing such destruction in countries at war made them appreciate the blessings of this land.

The next generation faced the Great Depression. The family barely made ends meet and times were extremely difficult. The American flag was a reminder that this country still offered opportunity and the blessings of the essentials of life. The depression extended around the world and the family was grateful for the opportunities in this country.

There were several wars in the following years. Each generation of this family served with pride to protect this great country. The American flag stood as a symbol to them of perseverance. They were proud to live in this country.

My father had a dual career as an engineer in the army and as a civilian. He dedicated his life to the principles upon which this country was founded. The American flag flew proudly in each of his homes. He taught his children the importance of patriotism and hard work.

The American flag flies outside my home today. As with all previous generations there is still struggle in this country. Adversity will always be a part of our lives but we are blessed to live in a country with the opportunity to overcome issues. Each failure may be turned into a success. The American flag is proudly flown as a symbol of that opportunity.

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Pink Flamingo on a Summer Mission

flamingo bicycle clinton

Pink flamingo on a bike

riding along the road

sun glasses shining

chilling without a load

 

The day is warm

summer is here

greeting all people

who are near

 

God gave him a yellow bike

to enjoy the summer

spreading kindness to all

including the newcomer

 

He spreads joy

throughout the land

passing cafes

listening to the bands

 

The pink flamingo rides the streets

enjoying the view

spreading happiness and cheer

every summer day is new

 

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Skipper’s Tall Tales: Beach Vacation

Skipper

The sun is shining brightly on the beach this morning. I notice the sparkling on the sand as Piper takes me for a walk down the beach. We are on vacation and Piper is humming as the waves splash across our feet.

I take notice of some dolphins swimming in the surf not far from us. They are so close with their fins dancing on top of the waves as we pass by. I decide to go and join in the fun with them. Quickly catching the wind my ears begin to flap and I fly to the spot where the dolphins are swimming.

Taking a dive into the water I was able to spring onto the back of the dolphin as he was coming out of the water. The dolphin was shocked when he saw me and began to go faster in the water. Jumping up out of the water trying to shake me off it felt like I was riding a bull in a rodeo.

Faster we went through the waves until the other dolphins decided to join in the fun. I used my leash to maneuver the dolphin until the other dolphins jumped over us and caused me to fall. My ears quickly caught the wind and I flew through the air back to the beach where Piper was waiting. She was laughing at my antics and sat down on the sand as I landed near her.

Our walk continued until it was time for lunch. We stopped at a beach side café and found a spot in the shade. The band was playing fun beach music as I listened contently by the picnic table. Piper bought me a snack. I ate the food and was almost asleep when suddenly the aroma of apple pie caught my attention.

Apple pie is my favorite dish. From times past this pie has gotten me into trouble. This time the apple pie was sitting next to the drummer in the band. Piper was talking to some people around us and did not notice me slowly inching up to the stage next to the apple pie.

I jumped for the pie and did a somersault over the bass player . It was time for the drum solo as I pounced on the drums and kept the beat of the music. The apple pie was in site as the solo ended. I quickly jumped again and grabbed the pie before hitting the ground. The drummer was amazed at how well I did his solo and was not angry that his pie was now gone. I love summer vacations.

Piper said it was time to go and rest. We left the beach side café and headed toward the beach house. The sun was hot and muggy with an afternoon thunderstorm approaching. Piper took a nap as I listened to the rumbling thunder and watched the lightening strikes in the distance. It was a pleasant time to sleep with the lullaby of the falling rain. I tapered down to a wonderful dream.

Late in the afternoon after the thunderstorm Piper took me back to the beach for some surfing. My bright yellow surf board was easy to ride in the waves that were still high. Piper took her blue board and headed out to the spot where it was easy to catch the waves.

I decided to go a little farther out to wait on a few larger waves. Sitting on the board the current slowly brought me inland. All of the sudden a huge wave caught the board and I was flying high in the sky. Going in and out of the wave I decided to do a few tricks on the way in. Letting the wind from the water capture my ears I flew up into the air and did a double back flip.

The water from the wave splashed in my face as I safely landed on the surf board. The surf was faster now as I approached the beach. It was time for one more somersault before I reached land.

There were many people on the beach watching this site. When I got back to shore several people wanted to take pictures of me with the board. I posed for several and acquired a few treats before returning to Piper.

We returned to the beach house to watch the sun set. It had been a glorious day on the beach. The bright red and orange colors in the clouds were beautiful and fun to observe. I quickly took a few photographs before falling asleep. Tomorrow is a new day and more adventure awaits us on this summer vacation.

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The Rusty Bell

mount locust slave cemetery trail april 27

There is an old bell

that sits on a path

reminder of old times

remnant of history’s wrath

 

The tree surrounding it

telling volume of  stories of old

a time when the people

were cruel and cold

 

History must never repeat

this story of old

when people were enslaved

by greed and gold

 

The rust on the bell

is a symbol now

to remind us all

to greed and gold never bow

 

We must treat people

with love anew

kindness, dignity, and respect

all people are due

 

God made us all

beautiful in every way

granting us the privilege

of  living a new day

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