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Rainbow Promises

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The summer rains on the mountains fall

the sky is now clearing

with a rainbow across the sky

peace is nearing

 

Beautiful valleys

with grass and trees

are beckoning all to come visit

if they please

 

The colorful promise

of a new day

making all wildlife smile

as they make their way

 

God’s awesome creation

a sight to see

For every person

praying on his knee

 

The rainbow is a promise

from a long time ago

to never flood the Earth again

renewal for the soul

 

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Nourishing the Soul in the Forest

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The forest is vivacious

filled with trees and waterfalls

quiet and serene

filled with it all

 

It is summer in the forest

the trees are so green

reflecting off the water

an incredible scene

 

God made nature

for us to learn and observe

nourishing our souls

while we preserve

 

Never take for granted the beauty of the land

its lush creeks and waterfalls

trash and poor land management

will destroy it all

 

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Beauty Inside and Out

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Penguins strutting around

so natty and smart

waddling in front of the visitors

like living works of art

 

Coats like a tuxedo

dressed in black and white

anxious for the guests to provide fish

oh what a site

 

God created the penguins

placed them in dapper attire

never having to worry

about fulfilling clothing desire

 

People should be so content

in the skin that they wear

God made everyone beautiful

kind souls to bare

 

Inner beauty is to be found

for all to see

showing kindness to all

is the key for you and me

 

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Old Bridges

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Old bridges

solid as they can be

speaking to the past

in the world surrounding me

 

The generations past

tell stories to one another

hoping not to repeat

the mistakes of the other

 

Solid and moving each way

the generations learn

to work together

as a uniform way to earn

 

Love is the stronghold

that holds us together

we must never forget

lest we untether

 

The days pass as we are young

Excited at how the day unfolds

But like the old bridges

One day our stories will be retold

 

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The Serenity of Waterfalls

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Waterfalls are beautiful

They carry water away

Water flows into the river

And rushes down the way

 

Waterfalls contain energy

To power things far and wide

People canoe over them

Swaying side to side

 

Life is like a waterfall

Sliding over the cliff

Some people are angry

And get into a tiff

 

Other people are happy

Sliding over the fall

Never giving up hope

Of having it all

 

Waterfalls are calming to the soul

Listening to the rushing clatter

Sitting in meditation

Where nothing in the world seems to matter

 

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Renewal and Peace

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In the distance a snow capped mountain

Surrounded by a lake of blue

Renewal is coming

The spring is new

The wildlife awoke

From a long winter’s sleep

Peace in the valley

Beginning so unique

God’s promise to us

If we will hear

Working together

Renewal and peace are near

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Mississippi Summer: A Teenager’s Passport to Adventure

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School was out for the summer. This was a time of great excitement for me as a young teenager. I was not old enough for a real world job and could still enjoy some of the benefits of childhood.  The responsibilities of adulthood were still distant. The end of the school year was a passport to adventure.

The first adventure would occur on the Memorial Day weekend. On the Saturday before Memorial Day my family would pack our bags and go to the local campground. It was fun to put up the tent and explore the surrounding area. The campground was located near the river where there was an area for swimming. A large rope hung off a tree for those daring enough to swing and jump into the river.

Supper was cooked over a campfire. My mother had several coolers organized according to meals. Drinks were in one and food for the trip in the second. She was determined to enjoy the trip without having to constantly do chores. The meals were simple and delicious. Relaxation was the rule of the day.

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Sunday was spent canoeing down the river. There were a few small rapids on the river that presented a thrill when going down the river. A relaxing way to spend the day. Saturday night was filled with music. My father and brother played the guitar and began to lead the sing a long while s’mores were cooked over the open fire.

The weekend would end on Monday as we packed our bags and returned home. My family would return home in early afternoon. Our neighbors held a small parade each year to honor our veterans. Riding lawnmowers decorated with American flags would ride down the street. It was a pleasant site to observe.

June was a fun month to continue the adventure. Each morning I would ride my bike to the local pool and practice with the swim team. It was fun to compete with my friends each week in the swim meets. Winning was nice but rare for me. It was just fun to be on the team. The lazy days of summer were spent riding bicycles, swimming at the pool, and exploring new hobbies. This time was a wonderful adventure in life.

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July would begin with a huge Independence Day celebration. There would be family and friends gathering at our home. There would be some kind of meat in the smoker to be eaten with the late afternoon meal. My uncle made the best beef brisket with his special marinade. All these years later I can still remember the anticipation of eating that wonderful brisket.

In the afternoon there would be games and conversation. My father would make barbecue sausage on the grill as a snack and homemade ice cream would be made in the churn. The meal would be served on a table decorated with red, white, and blue plates and napkins.

The evening would continue with music until time for the fireworks. We lived close enough to see the firework display of a local festival. It was fun to sit and watch all the wonderful colors crackle in the sky.

In late July it would be time for the family vacation. Each year my family shared a rented house with some relatives on the beach. It was a wonderful week filled with many fun adventures. Usually the first two days were spent playing in the ocean and laying on the beach.

After the sun burn set in on the third day it was time to spend less time in the sun and work on some summer hobbies. I loved to read novels and write. The afternoon was the perfect time to explore new places and solve mysteries through those novels.

The mornings continued to be about beach volleyball. We set up a net and all of the cousins would play. There would also be some teenagers that we had met that would join us. After our afternoon individual pursuits it would be time for one last walk on the beach. Time passed quickly and soon it was time to return home

August came and it was time to prepare for the new school year. Summer vacation was coming to a close and it was time to retire our passports. The final weeks of our summer adventure would include required reading and band camp.

I can still remember those days of freedom and adventure before the responsibilities of adulthood set in. Reading the stories that I wrote of these summer adventures fills me with joy. It returns me to a time when the simple pleasures of life were an adventure.

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Imagine: Praying for London

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Imagine if you can

A world filled with love

A world filled with kindness

Imagine a world with no evil

A world without hate

Where people love one another

A world where people communicate

God loves us all

Of that there is no doubt

Pray for all who suffer tonight

Because of another person’s hate

**Praying for London tonight

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Imagine If You Can

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Imagine if you can

Living in a foreign land

Living with God

In total content

Imagine life in a canyon wide

Where you can fly

See from up high

Where only beauty exists

Only peace and calm

Do not resist

Rest in God’s arms

From way up high

From morning to nigh

Copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

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Brassy Penguins At Home in the Desert

These penguins were bold in their icy home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their antics for the observers were quite brassy.

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Penguins in the desert

Such a strange scene

People walking about

Laughing at the scene

Penguins dancing about

Begging for some fish

God provides for us all

Even in the desert

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