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Soaring High in the Day

Flying high

looking over a water view

freedom in the air

always something new


A fish jumps

diving to pick it up

quickly snatching it

a perfect setup


The wind flowing

comfort for my wings

soaring with the breezes

the scent of sweet things


A few friends join me

a fun aerial battle

twists and turns

till our brains are addled


Returning to the trees

time to cool down

listening to the chirping

of the insects around


Awakening now

time for the sun to set

brilliant colors

the most beautiful yet


One final flight

as the moon is rising

watching a glimmer in the water

the view is mesmerizing


Time to call it a day

now in the nest

all is well

comfortable and at rest


copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce



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Giddy: A Moonlit Night

Dancing in the moonlight

giddy as can be

somewhat in a trance

a whole new world to see


Rain coming down

sweet to my lips

splashing around in the water

embracing the drips


Light from the moon

awareness begin to grow

in harmony with nature

creates a brief shadow


In the midst of the wind

an owl begins to hoot

sending out messages

frogs follow suit


Rain is gone

sky is clear

stars in the sky

some are near


A beautiful night

feeling quite free

grateful to be alive

bending to my knee


Thanking God 

for the blessings of this night

alone in the darkness

everything is alright


copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce


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A Summer Day Hiking Dream

Sun beating down

a hot summer day

longing for cool comfort

along the trail way


Suddenly I hear

while turning  around

a trickling noise

then a roaring sound


Following the path

a cool mist on my face

relief from the heat

I quicken my pace


Allowing my feet to dangle

in the pleasure of the rapid

another world appears

which mystical creatures inhabit


A chameleon appears

changing colors in the rainbow

finding food on a rock

his pace is quite slow


Down a bit further

a fish jumps along the bank

performing acrobatics

his movements are swank


A duck appears

bathing in the mist

diving and shaking his wings

doing the twist


Back to the real world

refreshed from the rapid stream

thankful for the inhabitants

of a summer day dream


copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce



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An Adventure in the Grand Canyon

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I love the early mornings in the Grand Canyon. The air is crisp and cool as the sun begins to rise. Looking from the overlook you can see the bright orange and purple colors across the canyon. There is still a bit a snow on the ground in the surrounding campsite. There are a few tents that the snow surrounds like a warm blanket.

After admiring the beauty of the sunrise for a few more minutes I take the path back to the campground. There is a variety of wildlife awake at this hour scurrying around in the surrounding trees. A rabbit darts in front of me and watches as I jump at the sudden movement.

Everyone is up and ready to take on the day as I return to the campsite. The cooking bacon and eggs have a wonderful aroma that fills the site. Food seems to taste better when eaten in nature. Our senses are more in tune to the simple pleasures of life.

After breakfast it is time for the mule ride down the canyon. There is a winding trail that is steep and narrow that the mules maneuver each day. It promises to be an exciting adventure.

Our ride begins with everyone on their mules following the directions of the mule skinner. He leads us down the canyon with the mules following him. Mules are interesting animals. They are like horses and are very precise on the trail and surefooted.

Looking across the canyon as we ride down is the most beautiful view. You can see miles of canyon with red, orange, and blue hues across the rocks. The birds are majestic as they fly across the clear blue sky. It is an ecosystem of freedom for the wildlife that inhabit this canyon.

It is difficult for me to look down to the bottom of the canyon. I am afraid of heights and it is a long way to the bottom. Still overcoming a fear is part of the reason for this adventure. Taking a deep breath I glance down to the bottom of the canyon.

There is much beauty at the bottom of the canyon. There is a slow-moving river bed that is surrounded by a large bank with trees and rocks. This is where we will stop for a break before returning to the top of the canyon. The ecosystem of the canyon is serene and tranquil.

I am briefly startled as my mule has decided to pee and shifts his weight a bit. Nervous that the mule may drop me down the canyon I freeze. The mule is unfazed and steadily continues down the canyon.

We reach the bottom of the canyon and find a spot on the edge of the river bed. The water is cold and feels refreshing in the midmorning heat. The bottom of the canyon is significantly warmer than the place where we began this adventure.

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After about half an hour we resume our ride back up the canyon. Going up the canyon has an entirely different view than coming down. The colors of the canyon appear to be deeper in the sun. It is as if God has sent artists to paint wonderful colors on the canyon.

I listen for the sounds of the canyon as we continue the trek up. There is the sound of birds singing in the brush. Small animals are scurrying through the brush creating a rustling noise. The mules snort as they climb the canyon. It is a peaceful experience.

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Finally we reach the end of our journey and it is time to leave the mules. This particular adventure has a certificate that accompanies it. It is given to everyone that completes the adventure.

We reach the campsite and decide to rest until time to cook dinner. My legs and backside ache from riding the mule. The aches and pains are worth the wonderful adventure of riding the mules.

I make a final hike for the day to the rim of the canyon. The sun is beginning to set presenting a new set of colors. The canyon is now the backdrop to the rich orange and pink colors in the sky. The night air is crisp and cool with a hint of rain in the air.

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Returning to the camp dinner is ready and the fire is warm. We eat and tell the stories of today’s adventure. Someone pulls out a guitar and begins creating a tune to tell the story of the mule ride. It is a grand tale.

As I drift off to sleep in the tent my dreams float to the place of gratitude. It is wonderful to be alive and my soul is nourished.

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce



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Coping with Impossible Situations

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Storms come through

excessive wind and rain

impossible conditions

coming in like a train


Some people are good

ready to lend a helping hand

others are evil

taking advantage of the storm’s band


Impossible situations

difficult decisions to make

critics abound

praying for God’s grace


Finally it happens

a rash of good deeds

showing love and kindness

everyone taking the lead


Prayers are answered

hope is spread

food, clothing, and shelter

God is not dead


Impossible situations

God made us for these

faith, hope, and love

for these we are lead


Impossible situations

healing has begun

restoring communities

one by one


copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce


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A Yellow Flower Ribbon



Tying a yellow ribbon

around an old oak tree

sending a message to Heaven

you are still the one for me


Sending you hugs and kisses

from my heart to yours

living each moment

singing like a bird


Feeling you in the wind

your smile in the sun shine

thankful for each day

that you are mine


See all the yellow ribbons

that are being sent in my heart

loving you forever

knowing we will never part


Happy Valentine’s Day!


copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce







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The New Year

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Frigid cold on the mountain tops

a new year to get to know

sleeping dreams ready to rise

in the the flakes of snow


Months pass

the first bud of spring

renewal of life in the air

fledgling birds spread their wings


The soul senses change

with each new sun rise

tranquility and peace

experience helps us become wise


Reflections of trees

crispness in the air

leaves gently spreading color

birds singing with a flair


Winter sleep comes again

feeling like the comfort of a friend

silence and reflection

till another year begins


copyright 2020 Debbie Pierce

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Life as a Flower

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A flower sits alone

as schools of fish swim by

asking questions about loneliness

not wanting to hear a lie


The flower cried

then suddenly a wisp of wind

asking why the tears

my beautiful friend


The flower lamented

alone with many creatures around

nothing to love me

feeling root bound


The rain came

and answered with the wind

you are not alone

there are many friends



makes what you are

all wildlife has a gift

loving you near and far


Seeds are carried

and you landed here

flourishing in an environment

to spread love and cheer


Listen to those around

and you will feel warm

soon other flowers will come

seeds in the storm


The flower smiled

as a new bloom arose

alike but different

glowing as it grows


The river welcomed

life old and new

living in community

love grew


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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The Living Land


Blast heard across the land

coming suddenly like the wind

some trees almost made it

the world was in a spin


The land was decimated

such was the power of the fire

now it it is barren

the situation is dire


Arising out of the ashes

there is a tender green leaf

life is reemerging

will it be brief


Winter passes

there is hope in the spring

small animals return

the river forges a new ring


People come

manually clearing the brush

breaths of fresh air

there is no rush


Seasons pass

continued growth in the land

birds are singing

the animals form a band


Suddenly lightening strikes

the forest burns again

still some survive

fire put out by rain and wind


The Earth is alive

renewal in seasons and storms

ever changing 

adventure is the norm


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce