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Life on Earth Day

The waters and land separated

life entered the land and seas

each with a purpose

there were no guarantees

Reflections of beauty

mirrored in a lake

a paradise unspoiled

promises to undertake

Caring for the land

enough resources for all

the spring of creation

before the great fall

Dust and pollution

greed across the land

wars spilling blood

destroying what was grand

Hope arises

each creature has a choice

to take small actions

to have a voice

The end is near

the Earth cries out

you are made from me

live in paradise or die without

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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New Life for Tires

The tires were packed

cheek by jowl in the yard

jagged edges beyond repair

life had been hard

The dump manager

was a petulant man

seeing so much waste

but he had a plan

Using a machine

to grind up the tire

bits tied together

bound by wire

The old rubber

will have new life

becoming garden mulch

blending in with the wildlife

More of the recycled tires

used as playground elements

a much easier landing

than a cheek touching cement

Another use is

a wastewater treatment filter

allowing water to be reused

no longer a killer

Fun to ponder

recycling the strife

the Earth provides alternatives

giving its resources new life

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce

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Ducks in the Park

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Ducks walking in the park

watching the people by day

dropping crackers on the path

as they go on their way


The ducks are happy

visiting this park

there is plenty of water

a place to nest after dark


They cringe at the sight

of the litter that people leave

taking away the beauty

damage to nature is believed


Our souls are renewed

when we take care of the land

picking up litter

giving the ducks a hand


The park is now clean

ducks swim and wonder

will care for the park continue

is something to ponder


God gave parks to us

a refuge that is beautiful indeed

keeping nature free of litter

is our choice to succeed


copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce


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Reflections for Earth Day

Immortality is an idea that most people contemplate in a lifetime. This idea is expressed in religion, culture, and nature. This is an exploration of immortality in nature.

The forest is an interesting ecosystem in the life it supports. There are birds and insects that have abundant lives on the food and water provided by nature. The trees and various plants thrive on the soil which provides nutrients. There is a continuance of the life cycle throughout this symbiotic relationship.

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The trees have found an interesting way to immortality. Petrified wood is trees which have been transformed into stone through a process called permineralization. Using the ingredients essential for life the ecosystem is the way to immortality. Once transformed the tree is preserved for eternity.

In the mist of the living is the immortality of the preserved. Throughout the continuance of life these petrified trees witness the renewal of the forest. Every season brings rains, snow, scorching heat, and other changes in the earth that change the ecosystem. Yet the petrified trees remain the same.

The process of permineralization is a slow one which takes millions of years. During this time the journey of life continues and the forest changes. Through the years if the forest is allowed to progress naturally then the petrified tree will observe the changes from its original home. If the forest is destroyed by fire or other means, then the petrified tree is alone or moved from the ecosystem.

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What does this say about immortality in nature? Is life in stone renewal or is it just another journey into death? The answers to these questions lie in every person’s definition of life. I believe that life and death are a journey that must continue. Nature continues to change in life and every death contributes to renewal.

When the tree becomes stone it stagnates and does not participate in the renewal of life. Watching from a stone does not lead it to continue the journey that nature encourages. Therefore, true immortality cannot be achieved through permineralization. There is a loss of meaning and true death. There is no life for the tree beyond this stone state.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce