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A Dash of Nature

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God created nature

dashes of rivers and trees

an abundance of beauty

for you and me

 

A dash of kindness

with plenty to spare

enough for us

to spread and compare

 

A dash of love

enough to share

loving one another

the cupboard is never bare

 

A mixture of diversity

loving people everywhere

hopes and dreams

enough to share

 

God provides for all of us

dashes of grace

enough of substance

for life’s issues we face

 

Taking in the beauty

of this abundant land

loving one another

taking each other’s hand

 

Wishing you well

on this awesome day

may you smile

and never feel gray

 

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A Railroad Tale

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The morning was crisp and cool as we packed the car. My mother brought the cooler filled with the food for the camp out. The trunk of the car was full with camping supplies and gear. My father announced that it was time for us to begin our trip.

The camp site was in another state and it would take several hours to reach it. My brother and I were fighting in the back seat as the car pulled into the rest stop. Mom was not amused and told us to cool off during this break. She pulled out the picnic lunch supplies and handed us a ball to toss around till the meal was ready.

During lunch Mom mentioned that she was trying to make candle holders and the glass on top of electric poles would make a nice holder. Dad told her that it was dangerous to climb a pole and get one but that he knew of an abandoned electric pole near the rest stop that may still have one.

We finished lunch and packed the car. It was not long before we came to the abandoned electric pole. It sat alone beside a railroad track surrounded by a steep hill. There were no wires connected to the pole since it had been long since abandoned.

My brother and I stood near the car as my father began walking toward the abandoned pole. It was a short distance away from where we stood on a hill and surrounded by tall grass. Dad climbed the pole as Mom shouted to be careful and not fall.

The steep pole contained many splinters from the brush surrounding it. Dad wore a pair of gloves for protection and soon acquired the glass from the top of the pole. He was on the ground ready to return to the car when the train blew its horn.

Dad was startled as he realized that the only option was to run toward the car. He began to scamper quickly as the train approached loudly blowing the horn. We screamed in terror as Dad ran and the train approached.

It seemed like an eternity before Dad reached an open place and rolled down the hill to safety. We were all relieved that Dad was not injured. The glass for the candle holder had somehow survived unharmed as Dad presented the gift to my mother.

Mom hugged my father tightly and thanked him for the glass. She told him that this would be a special candle holder because there would never be anything worth him risking life and limb to acquire. The glass was carefully wrapped and deposited into the car.

The rest of our trip was fun and soon it was time to return home. Mom made the candle holder and placed it on the fireplace mantle between two toy trains. For many years after the story of that candle holder was told at all family reunions. My father would embellish the story about the train and everyone present would marvel at his story.

The candle holder disappeared years ago but the story lives on. I still have the small toy trains that surrounded the candle holder on my mantle. It is a precious memory.

My father has been gone for many years. Each time a train passes and blows its horn  I can still picture my father running down that hill.  I am thankful that my father survived to tell his story.  It makes me smile to remember that candle holder and my soul is renewed.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

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Scampering Squirrels

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Small gray squirrels

scampering across the land

chasing each other having fun

marching like a band

 

Not worrying about today

gathering nuts along the way

playing in the community

laughing through the day

 

Climbing to his nest

high in the trees

resting in the summer sun

God providing for all his needs

 

It’s beginning to rain

a storm is near

trust in God

there is no need to fear

 

The storm is over

the sky is clear

scampering down the tree

his friends reappear

 

Playing again

they begin to scurry

living life fully

without any worry

 

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The Deer

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The deer scampered

through the park

searching for a place of safety

before it became dark

 

Darting in the woods

scampering between the trees

the hunter is near

with a gun on his knees

 

The deer hears a shot

the hunter has missed

he is almost home

his ears raised in bliss

 

God has protected him

along the way

providing him with speed

safety on this day

 

Trusting God to protect us

when danger is near

there is a way out

when we choose to hear

 

We are safe

like this deer

thanking God for grace

for holding us near

 

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Holiday Passage

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It’s a holiday weekend

people traveling all around

spreading love to others

goodwill to be found

 

Food on the table

the ice cream is cold

people sharing with others

telling stories of old

 

Life is filled with experiences

adventures of joy

learning about others

lessons to employ

 

It is time to eat

the food is on my plate

a passenger on this holiday

I will not be late

 

On this holiday weekend

as you journey this day

I wish you happiness and peace

Happy Independence Day

 

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Passengers Through Life

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The path is long

as we journey through life

passengers on this Earth

often experiencing strife

 

Meeting lots of people

making friends along the way

spreading kindness to all

as we walk each day

 

Our journey through life

is filled with adventure

often filled with joy

as we continue to venture

 

The day will come

when we depart this place

passage on Earth is over

wrapped in God’s grace

 

The next passenger will come

observing what we have done

if we spread kindness and peace

love will have won

 

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Beach Holiday

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Small coastal bird

scurrying in the sand

catching small snacks

that people throw on the land

 

The waves crush on the sand

bringing in treasures

shells, snails, and jellyfish

bringing the coastal bird pleasure

 

We snack at the beach

on this grand holiday

enjoying time together

splashing water as we play

 

God gave us freedom

on Independence Day

families and friends

we celebrate along the way

 

Happy weekend to all

thanking God for his grace

fireworks in the sky

shooting at a fast pace

 

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The Woodpecker

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Red headed woodpecker

drawn to the trees

seeking food and shelter

that God provides for thee

 

Providing beautiful color

magnetic in flight

pecking on the trees

in the morning sunlight

 

Always standing tall

on trees and fence posts

observing the world around

taking mental notes

 

My soul is refreshed

observing the life he leads

never worrying about life issues

or even his needs

 

God provides for us

there is no need to worry

living in abundance

without having to hurry

 

My soul is nourished

praying each day

trusting that God 

will provide the way

 

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Rapids through Life

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The river has rapids

like a magnet we are drawn in

seeking adventures

from the forces within

 

We paddle down the rapids

not thinking ahead

danger awaits us 

where we are being led

 

Life’s issues are like this

leading us down a road

danger is lurking

with things untold

 

There is a refuge when we

 slow down the pace

praying to God

seeking His grace

 

We are back upright

all is well

we are now safe

with stories to tell

 

Our souls are nourished

the journey  continues

living life to the fullest

in each new venue

 

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Mississippi Gulf Coast : The Art of Healing and Remembering Hurricane Katrina

Life is full of challenges that can be damaging to the human soul. Some challenges such as broken relationships and disease are internal. The restoration of the soul may take a long time or there may be a quick resolution. Other life challenges are caused by an external force of nature such as a hurricane. Healing from internal and external forces may be accomplished through art.

Art expresses who we are as individuals. For many people internal life challenges may be healed through music, writing, or painting. Art is like a magnet that expresses our innermost thoughts and feelings. In many ways art will imitate the journey of our lives.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a beautiful nature scene. There are beaches filled with birds and people. Each enjoying the abundance of sunshine, sand and water. The Mississippi beaches feature restaurants, picnic areas, and water vehicles for rent. There are piers where people can fish. Fishermen can be seen early in the morning walking to their favorite spot.  Beautiful sunrises and sunsets may be enjoyed from many spots along the coastline.

The beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is expressed in music venues, art museums, and paintings. All is well today but more than ten years ago a devastating hurricane came ashore that changed the journey of life for people and nature.

Hurricanes are a frightening force in nature. The force of the wind and water causes much damage and pain to all things involved. Hurricane Katrina caused devastation and death along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The tranquil and comfortable lives of people were devastated in a few days. People fled to the north to escape the dangerous gulf surges, tornadoes, and winds. Upon return to the south the land mass between Louisiana and Alabama would never be the same.

After the hurricane people came back to a desolate environment. The homes and businesses of the Mississippi Gulf Coast were either destroyed or heavily damaged. The once beautiful beaches were covered in rubble from buildings. The forces of the gulf water surge destroyed the natural environment.

There would also be death surrounding the survivors. Some people refused to leave their homes and died in the rising waters. There was great despair in many parts of this area.

Hope began to rise in the destruction as Mississippi Gulf Coast residents returned to rebuild. The work was hard and the days were long but the people were persistent. Over eleven years have past and the Mississippi Gulf Coast has recovered and is growing once more.

During the rebuilding years many artists have used the devastation and rebuilding process as inspiration. There are paintings, sculptures, and music to reflect the healing of the times. This artwork is displayed in many venues. There are museums reflecting the culture of the people.

The healing of this devastation has taken years to accomplish. In the mist of the destruction some artists have taken some creative steps to create beauty out of the devastation on the scenic highway 90.

Prior to Hurricane Katrina the median along highway 90 in Mississippi was filled with live oak trees. These beautiful trees were tall and commanding along the coastline. For many years these trees stood as a reminder that nature once stood guard against the storms. These live oak trees also served as a postcard to years past.

Some artists decided to create sculptures out of the dead oak trees now scattered along highway 90. Taking chain saws these artists created art out of the devastation. The sculptures now replace the oak trees in the median of highway 90.

Each day people traveling highway 90 look upon the beauty of these sculptures. The sculptures are a postcard to the past and present. They are a reminder of how new life can spring from extreme devastation.

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Many of the sculptures use the subject of marine life. Several of the sculptures have pelicans and other coastal birds as subjects. Each appears to tell the story of nature along these coast lines.

The beaches and gulf waters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast have been repaired. The coastal birds and marine life are wonderful to observe and photograph. The old pier posts are filled with pelicans and other birds. It fills the soul with a sense of peace observing these birds splashing in the water and enjoying the day on the pier post.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast if an example of how life changes have a positive influence on the soul. The art that is exhibited in the museums, highway 90, small shops, and in music venues shows the spirit of renewal after a time of devastation. Truly it is a lesson for all of us. It is well within the soul.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

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