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Life’s Winding Road

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The journey of life 

 like a winding road

twists and turns abound

taking us into the crossroads

 

Each twist and turn

leads to a choice to make

compassion or bitterness

which road to take

 

Compassion and kindness

can be hard

when our feelings are hurt

our lives are marred

 

After every twist and turn

creates an illusion

that focus on self

is the solution

 

God heals our souls

when we love one another

kindness and compassion

instead of the road of the other

 

Loving one another

at the next turn

is healing for the soul

which is what we yearn

 

Let go of the pain

love each other 

heal our world

look out for one another

 

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Sun on the River

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Sun on the river

promise of a new day

commit to nurturing our souls

in a peaceful way

 

Beauty surrounds us

the sounds of nature around

lifting our spirits

by leaps and bounds

 

Silently meditating

taking God’s world in

rejoicing in His glory

a thrill to the soul within

 

Committing to become one

feeling that God is near

with peace and serenity

listening with each ear

 

We are reminded

as our souls are renewed

to love one another

on each day anew

 

We leave nature nourished

the day is at hand

spreading kindness to all

throughout this great land

 

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Life with a Flare

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White bicycle with fire

flying through the air

speeding through the cosmos

living life with a flare

 

Living life in the fast lane

with a need for speed

committing adventurous acts

fulfilling a need

 

Life is like this bike

some feel a need to speed

acting before thinking

without wise counsel to heed

 

Speaking before thinking

can cause some to fear

fire comes from the voice

causing some tears

 

Listen before we speak

communicate with love

creating a better world

like the cosmos above

 

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Gift of Time

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Time is a gift

given to you and me

commit to learn

from what we see

 

God sent to earth

people of all kinds

helping one another

learn down the line

 

Anger and hatred

lead to discontent

commit to love

the way to contentment

 

God gave us time

to learn life lessons well

loving our communities

with stories to tell

 

Commit to serving

all of mankind

happiness is achieved

one day at a time

 

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Making an Impression

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There is a tool called paper

which comes from a tree

granting the freedom to write

for you and me

 

Freedom of expression

is the rule of the day

wonderful expressions of ideas

in every way

 

The power of the pen

is easy to see

changing the world

for you and me

 

Expression has a responsibility

to aid those in need

wielding pen to paper

kindness to heed

 

Love one another

in expressing it all

lending a helping hand

so none of us fall

 

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The Eternal Paper

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Our lives are written

on an eternal paper

all of our actions

every adventure and caper

 

Some adventures are fun

others cause pain

making choices everyday

life lessons are gained

 

The eternal paper

rests in the sky

waiting for our arrival

on one nigh

 

We answer for our actions

some fill us with fear

knowing that our mistakes

are now quite near

 

God hears our prayers

has us an ace

if we believe in Him

we are granted grace

 

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An Adventure at Mount Locust on the Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace Parkway begins in Natchez, Mississippi and ends in Nashville, Tennessee. The Natchez Trace has long served as a highway for explorers and travelers.  One of the oldest places to explore is Mount Locust which according to our paper map is located close to Natchez, Mississippi.

Jess and I took a road trip to Natchez, Mississippi via the Natchez Trace. On the way home we decided to stop at Mount Locust. This particular afternoon was hot and it seemed like a great place to rest and have a snack. We parked the truck and began to explore the grounds.

There is a large field that is lined with trees and a wooden fence. Glazing across the field I imagine what a comfort this must have been to weary travelers seeking lodging on the old Natchez Trace. In those days there were no paved roads just a path through the woods. This path was well-traveled until more modern modes of transportation powered by steam would arrive in this part of the country.

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We walk up to the information area and view the informative signs explaining the history of Mount Locust. The signs weave a story of the humble beginnings of this place to its current state. Mississippi is home to many interesting historical places that change as time moves forward.

Mount Locust was built in the late 1700’s and has served as an inn for weary travelers to changing into a working plantation. Today Mount Locust is owned by the National Park Service and has been restored to how it looked in the early 1800’s. The admission is free and open most days of the year.

Jess and I move along the path to the old house. The old house is small with a large porch in the front. We climb the steep stairs to the entrance and stand on the porch to reflect on the history of this place. It is easy to imagine the guests in this house sitting on the porch in the evenings exchanging stories of their adventures. The porch must have had a grand view of the property at that time.

Entering the house the dining area is the first room that we explore. There is a large table with plates and mugs carefully set. This room is small but the table fits nicely and one can almost smell the food cooking and being eaten by the guests of this house. History is wonderful and alive if one’s imagination will take you on the journey into the past.

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Jess and I move on to the next room and observe a bed and a desk. The room is quite comfortable as we glance into the past. There is a fireplace in this room that would have served as a source of warmth in the cooler weather.

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The next room is for guests with children. It is a larger room with two beds and a table. There are toys on the table for the children to play with. I can hear the laughter of young ones playing and enjoying the travel adventure.

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Our next stop in this small house is a storage area. The sun filled room is home to dishes, shoes, and work tools. This small room has shelves and was more likely used for whatever was needed for the everyday life of the inn.

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We leave the interior of the house and move into the backyard area. There is a wooden soap making machine in the corner. The early pioneers in this area made their soap from lye. The site has a sign that explains how the soap is made.

In the middle of the yard is a closed cistern. These days it stands as a relic to the past when houses did not have indoor plumbing. The rain water collected in this cistern sustained people in an earlier time. I admire how resourceful the people of that time were and how they contributed to the ecosystem of the land.

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The back of  the yard is lined with beautiful trees and a trail. In later times Mount Locust became a working plantation when the power of steam made travel on the Natchez Trace less frequent. The trail leads to an old slave cemetery. This was a darker time in Mississippi history.

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The day is hot so Jess and I decline to walk the trail. We take a last look at the house and begin moving up the path toward the truck. I am inspired by the beauty of the land and how it sustained so many people throughout history. Truly this is a wonderful place to visit.

Jess and I leave Mount Locust and head toward home on the Natchez Trace. We love these road trips and admire the beauty of the land surrounding the road. As the sun begins to set we know it will not be long before time to have another adventure.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

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Transient Spring Life

 

Beautiful spring life

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Circle of Life

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The circle of life

is like a loop

taking up on a journey

swirling like a hula hoop

 

In the beginning

learning to love

crying for attention

sweet as a dove

 

The years pass by

we learn new things

experiencing new adventures

spreading our wings

 

Loving one another

is one of the lessons learned

kindness to each other

even when not earned

 

At the end of life

loving one another when old

the loop comes full circle

when our stories are told

 

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

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Our Two Cents

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Sometimes we put

our two cents in

causing someone to have turmoil

from within

 

Meddling in an issue

we do not bare

can cause tears

which we are unaware

 

Kindness in difficult times

offering a prayer

listening to each other

without an opinion to bare

 

Communication and love

are the key

to helping in times of pain

for you and me

 

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