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fandangos-flash-fiction-challenge-40/ The Portrait


Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you to all who have and continue to serve!


Sam sat in the chair chatting with the artist as he worked. Papa had been a casualty of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The picture was going to be a gift to his mother.

There had been a fire six months ago that destroyed all the pictures of this wonderful man. While resembling his father in appearance, it was his father’s soul that Sam wanted captured in the picture. The artist listened and worked intently as the intimate details of the father were described.

John had been a man of adventure taking the family to beautiful parks. There they would have picnics and hike in lush landscapes of the mountains. Each member of the family would dive off waterfalls into the bubbling crevices below. John’s life was one of thrills and exploration.

The family had lived in Hawaii almost five years before the bombing. John had joined the Navy during the depression with a deep love for his country. On the day of the bombing John had been on board ship attending to simple duties. As the planes approached and the bombing began, John was able to get to one of the onboard guns and engage in a partial counter attack.

Bullets from the planes reached John and he was killed instantly. Standing on a hill the family watched the scene in horror. It was a day they would never forget.

The artist handed the finished portrait to Sam. The eyes in the portrait reflected a man who loved life and his family. Each line on the face projected a life well lived. Sam was amazed at how well the artist captured his father.

Sam walked away with gratitude as he felt John’s soul. Papa was with the family once more.

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce


Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #40

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Saturday Six Word Story: Breath of Heaven

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Changing seasons spiritual breath of Heaven.


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A Night Time Train Ride


The night train to New Orleans

chugs along at a slow pace

in a cushy seat

my soul relaxes from the rat race


Sounds enter the mind

of music fast and slow

from the ivory keys of a piano

lifting spirits from a low


Visits to the cathedral come next

windows filled with saintly images

lighting a candle of hope

sad mood diminishes


Sitting in a cafe

listening to tall tales

sipping on coffee and beignets

of exciting city details


Street performers

performing magical feats

exciting the crowds

causing many a racing heart beat


Now on the way home

drifting into a comfortable sleep

my soul is relaxed

as the night train creeps


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

#rdp culture daily prompt inspiration intentional living life lifestyles poetry ragtag daily prompt spiritual story telling

Secret Door in the Heart

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There is a secret door

that leads to my heart

few search to find it

mostly I stay apart


Behind the door

are dreams and loving care

it is an exciting place

if one would dare


The secret door

is filled with emotion

sometimes like a waterfall

filled with commotion


Other times the secret door is hidden

with things that I only know

good and bad

things to ponder not show


The secret door

carries things from long ago

filled with memories of others

love that continues to grow


We all have a secret door

that sometimes can be found

the choice is ours whether to open it

when others are around


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

#FOWC #rdp culture grief inspiration intentional living life lifestyles poetry ragtag daily prompt spiritual story telling word of the day challenge

Water Rising


Water rising

life came to a screeching halt

how to solve an issue

experience can’t be bought


Water rising quickly

ducks and geese swim by

life looks easy for them

keep wondering why


A boat comes by

asking if I need a ride

stubborn in my endevour

I say no with pride


Water rising with rapids

now in over my head

still thinking I have all the answers

beginning to tread



calling out to whoever will listen

deep issue to be solved

something in the water begins to glisten


Gleaning from 

others traveling the same path

rapids begin to recede

issue has lost its wrath


Water receding

community works with me

the issue being solved

loving each other is the key


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

#FOWC culture daily prompt halloween inspiration intentional living life lifestyles poetry ragtag daily prompt story telling word of the day challenge

Fun Childhood Memory


Happy Halloween! This is my favourite Halloween show. Charles Shulz was a genius who could spread life and morals through this characters. This remains one of my happy places. 

There was a pumpkin patch

where the moon light was bright

Linus brought a friend

to wait in the night


It was spooky 

in the mist

waiting with Sally

was pure bliss


The others 

had such fun

trick or treating for candy

getting to run


Charlie had fun

collecting rocks

always getting the trick

with each block


Snoopy battled the

world war one flying ace

on his flying house

getting shot down with grace


Violet’s party 

Snoopy grappled

hiding in water

kissing Lucy bobbing for apples


In the end it was Snoopy

who stole the show

rising out of the pumpkin patch

causing Linus to grow


Really irate

Linus rants to all

finding a sincere pumpkin patch

will cause Santa to fall


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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Halloween Story: A Petrified Soul

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The night is cold as the petrified wood transforms. One night a year the soul is released and allowed to warm. Once transformed the soul walks again. Travailing the earth looking for redemption from within. The tale began one cold October night in a forest with the full moon bright.

A man encountered an extraterrestial who was dressed in bright light. His name was Morning Star and he had an interesting proposition. In exchange for immortality the man was to impart wisdom. Morning Star sought to enslave humans. His knowledge was limited by some confusion. How are some humans able to overcome temptation? Is there some magic that can be cast as persuasion?

The man replied: “Don’t you know that from the beginning of time there are those who walk with the Light all the time?” Morning Star answered “of course there a few who have found the way. I am looking for how to make them sway.”

The man replied ” Take their minds away from gratitude for all that they have. Make them desire all material things good and bad. If you breed discontent among them then all will come to serve you. ”

Morning Star laughed and thought could it really be so simple to cause humans to crumble. Is discontentment really the way to make them stumble? Given this knowledge Morning Star begins to leave and imparts the man with immortality.

The man is shocked when he is turned into a tree. Petrified his soul is as cold as can be. Now marble with no room to grow, the man is terrified with what he has sowed.

Once a year there is a chance of release. The man’s spirit is allowed to spread a message of redemption and peace. If the world takes hold and accepts the true Light , then the man’s soul will be released from its plight.

Years have passed and discontent continues to grow. How long it last no one knows.  Will the world change so he can be free or will he continue as marble without hope for eternity?

copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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A Ghostly Bridge

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The ghostly figure walked

along the old rusted bridge

life flashing before him

on this night did eternity hinge


Long ago

on a fateful night

the man encountered a Being

bathed in bright light


The Being gave him the option

to know the total of his days

to have great wealth

and to do things his own way


The man chose

to live his life in mystery

at the end to be accountable

for his place in history


The ghostly figure

walking along the bridge

meets the Light

and he begins to cringe


All the sudden before him

is a record of all his deeds

afraid of the karma

he is about to receive


Quietly the Light

begins to speak

the man cowers

he feels so weak


Judgement drawn

karma trumped by grace

the man is astonished

his misdeeds erased


Following the Light

the man begins to dance

paradise is embracing him

he has another chance


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce