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More Than a Meal

blueberry cobbler may 14

 

The old couple excitedly 

dresses in their finest this day

there is a delivery

that is on the way

 

They set the table

add two extra spaces

using the fine dishes

at these two places

 

It is close to noon

when the doorbell rings

they are so happy

the elderly man begins to sing

 

He opens the door and

with two young people in sight

carrying a hot meal

made just right

 

He welcomes them in

they sit at the table

sharing a hot homemade meal

made out of household staples

 

These people share a meal

one day each week

loneliness is cured

the deliverance they seek

 

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A Fishing Tale at Lakeshore Park

boating in the lakeshore park inlet

 

 

It is early and the sun is slowly beginning to rise as William and I pack our things for a morning fishing adventure at Lakeshore Park. This park is located on the Ross Barnett Reservoir and is our favorite fishing hole. The fish are spawning this month and we hope to catch some perch.

We arrive at the park and set up the fishing poles and chairs by the bank of the reservoir. There are other people along the bank with their fishing poles and a few in boats not far from us. It is a friendly and optimistic group this morning. There are several people who have caught fish and are using buckets to house the day’s catch.

It is not long before one of our bobbins goes down in the water. I quickly pull on the pole to pull the fish out of the water.  The fish fights as it comes out of the water trying to escape the line but all goes well and out comes a medium size perch. It is a beautiful fish that is admired before being delivered into the bucket. William puts new bait onto the line and the pole is once again in the water.

I decide to explore the park while William watches our fishing poles and lines. There is a group of geese in the park this morning. The wildlife in this park is fun to observe and photograph. The geese are happy to see people in the park because of the food that is given to them. They will deliver quite a show to get free food. This morning someone is feeding them bread while they strut and show their glory.

My observation on the morning stroll is the marina across the bay. The boats are pretty sitting in the docks. People will be in this marina all day taking rides in the boats. I enjoy taking photographs of this area. The people are fun to observe. There is usually an interesting and diverse group sharing stories of the day .

boats on marina lakeshore park april 10

The marina is also home to some of the reservoir water life. Ducks and geese split their time between the marina and park. The reservoir water between these two points provide abundant food and shelter for the birds. The marina is a place where alligators have been spotted as well. There have been some days when alligators will swim between the boats searching for food.

Alligators have become more common in this area through the years. They are mostly harmless unless disturbed. I have lost more than one fishing pole when an occasional alligator has decided he wanted my fish. It is better to let them win the prize than risk life and limb for the fish.

It is time to check on William and the progress of the fishing poles. He has caught two more perch and has decided to try catching fish along the shoreline. Sometimes the fish will come extremely close to bank in the spawning season. I sit down and watch the other fishing poles as he walks down the bank.

There is a snake in the water this morning. He is quite large and colorful flowing through the water. Usually they will pass by people unless disturbed. I sit quietly and let the snake swim by the poles without moving. Snakes are poisonous here and not to be taken lightly.

My bobbin on the fishing pole is going down again in the water. I pull on the line to bring the fish in to shore but pull too hard. The fish gets away and now my line flies through the air and is now stuck in a tree. An entertaining site to see for observers as I try to get the line out of the tree. William returns and saves the day by retrieving the line. The line gets new bait and is returned to the water.

tree in lakeshore park april 26

We have some new visitors as a hawk tries to get his lunch in a nearby tree. He is climbing the tree with a squirrel. The squirrel is faster and more efficient in the tree than the hawk. The hawk struggles for a while and then moves on to try for easier game. The squirrel then returns to a safer spot on the ground.

Up a tree jess

Following this spectacle is a group of geese with their goslings going toward the water. These birds are protective of their young and do not allow anyone near them. They are entertaining to watch as they cross the park to the water. I take a photograph and return to watch the fishing poles.

goose with babies april 26

The morning ends and the temperature has risen. It is now hot on this day and time to return home. William gives our fish to some of the remaining fisherman. We enjoy fishing but do not keep our catch. Most days the fish are either put back into the reservoir or given to people around us.

We pack our things and return to the truck. It has been a peaceful and beautiful outing with nature providing food and recreation. William and I look forward to our return on another day.

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The Morning Mountain Glare

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The sun glares across the mountain top

announcing the start of a new day

morning dew drips from the leaves

washing the night away

 

Calmness and serenity

smooth as glass lake top

the sun reflects a mirror

of the trees and mountain top

 

There is a smokiness

between the vastness of the trees

a smoldering fog

the sun glaring on the leaves

 

The air is crisp

on this spring morning

there are blooms on the trees

some fruit adorning

 

Serene and calm meditation

reflecting on this scene 

my soul is nourished

the environment is clean

 

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The Glaring Adventure

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Wonderful morning walk

talking to neighbors as I go

stopped to get water for a friend

who had mud on their toes

 

The water was in the refrigerator

as I walked into the house

reaching for the door

quiet as a mouse

 

Then there was barking

and the growling began

I jumped on the counter

looking for a safe place to land

 

The small dog came around the corner

with a glare in her eyes

scuffing her feet

I thought of my demise

 

She studied me

high on the sink

then scuffed off 

before I could think

 

Running out of the house

with water bottles in hand

my friends laughing

as I reached safe land

 

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Elemental Treasures

 

 

Earth, air, wind and water

gifts from above

beautiful elements

God gave us with love

 

Water and wind

represented by a geyser

hot water spurting out

sporadically like a miser

 

Earth and air

rocky canyons in a row

colorful and deep mountains

covered by a smoky fog and rainbow

 

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Words are the Spice of Life

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Meditating on this summer day

 how spicy are words in life

do words come from love

or from  strife

 

Love is expressed

in many simple ways

a hug and a kiss

a compliment  each day

 

Strife is expressed

in several forms

war, bullying, and harsh words

are the norm

 

Spicy from gossip

words which cause harm

hot off the press

cause for much alarm

 

Spicy from encouragement

lifts us up high

lead to loving words

from morning till nigh

 

Which words in life

set us free

kind and loving words

are the way for me

 

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Carousel in the Universe

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clipart from Microsoft word

The universe is like

a carousel

revolving around the sun

coordinated so well

 

Each planet is unique

one even has rings

beauty in the heavens

giving the stars a song to sing

 

The universe tell a story

intrigue from beginning to end

a struggle between light and darkness

which one will trend

 

There is a burst of particles

filled with light

then comes a black hole

filled with the darkness of night

 

The celestial heavens reveal

the light of salvation

seasonal changes in the alignment

the story in the constellation

 

Earth is part of  the carousel

revolving in the sky

gazing at the heavens

beautiful to the eye

 

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Seasonal Carousel

Riding in the carousel

when the seasons unfold

spring comes forward

beautiful blooms to behold

 

The bees begin their work

so much to be done

fruit to be fertilized

in the spring sun

 

Next comes the summer

all the world is alive

spinning laughter and joy

nature is starting to thrive

 

The autumn comes

leaves begin to fall

there is much color

a pleasure for all

 

Festivals are abound

celebrating God’s provision

love and kindness to each other

what a wonderful vision

 

It’s winter now

nature is asleep

having wonderful dreams

resting till time for the cycle to repeat

 

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Ambling With God

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Walking with God

ambling on a cloud

whispering silent thoughts

not talking out loud

 

There is love

in the Heavens and the Earth

what is in our hearts

is it life’s birth

 

God smiled at me

and said “my dear child

your heart was birthed with light

my gift for the eternal mile”

 

As we ambled along I asked

“why is there darkness in this space

so much war, strife and famine

the light can’t keep pace”

 

God answered ” I created you

placed the light in your faith anew

to be spread to others

like the morning dew”

 

God continued ” the morning sun

will continue to shine

the light to be nourished over time

much like a wedding’s fine wine”

 

I smiled as God ambled away

time to love each other on this new day

spreading the light of kindness

breaking the darkness along the way

 

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A Summer Walk

petrified forest water path 2 april 14

Ambling upon a forest path

in the slow cool rain

my soul is meditating

so much to gain

 

In the coolness of the morning

rain trickles down the leaves

keeps me wondering

what is up nature’s sleeve

 

Each leaf has a specific pattern

an individual in life

the rain hits hard

causing it strife

 

The soil on the ground

filled with leaves and mud

stepping in puddles

jumping with a thud

 

The rain has stopped

a freshness in the air

peaceful in existence

reflections with a flair

 

There is harmony

meditation on this walk ends

the sun is shining bright

around the bend

 

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