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A Child’s Thanksgiving

Steve and Deb age 5 to 7 (2_) (2)

Smiling for the camera

ice cream in my hand

Grandma’s for Thanksgiving

leaves falling across the land


Smiles and laughter

a game of red rover

waiting for dinner

come on over


Sitting in the kitchen

at the children’s table

special surprises

so grateful


Running through the orchard

apples on the trees

jumping to pick them

falling in the leaves


On the porch

stories being told

of family history

by those who are old


Thankful for the memories

of a day so long ago

can still hear the laughter

the love continues to grow


Over fifty years later

I still love ice cream

visiting the people long gone

in pleasant dreams


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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fandangos-flash-fiction-challenge-36/: The Legacy




The garden is beautiful this time of year surrounded by vintage plants. Each piece holds a story in the life of a woman. Treasures gathered in a faded blue chair the woman’s light shines through.  A tattered bear holds secrets of joy and pain. Rememberances of a simple time when a hug and kiss healed all the strain. The others playmates on a rainy day. Jumping around a play house in a small girl’s room. Flowers often sitting beside it in full bloom.

The day has come to leave the fantasy land. Time to leave them to the grandchild who now besides them stand. The woman’s time is short and soon her worldly light will go out. However, now is a time to smile and not to pout.

The child dances as she picks up each treasure with glee. The woman smiles as she tells the child that each will be a remembrance of me. I will never be truly gone as long each treasure brings you joy. We will be playing together with each toy.

Dancing around the room while talking of things good and bad. They will bring comfort when you are sad. Always a light will shine giving you a hug each day. Now my child it is time to go away.

The woman passes into the eternal light. The child grows up treasuring each moment the light is bright. A new day has dawned and the treasures are in the chair again. The time has come for another new friend.

As generations pass the vintage toys carry joy and pain. Each time passed there is a wonderful gain.


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce


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Autumn: Season of Color and Abundance

fall color april 22

September comes

the debut is near

trees and bushes are ready

the signs are clear


Sun rises with high temperatures

jeopardizing the debut

high humidity with no rain

provides a big clue


Will autumn come

or will an error occur

humans and animals shake their head

then with high hopes concur


The show must go on

it happens each year

autumn is coming

there is no need to fear


Bright colorful foliage

emanating from the trees

leaves begin to drop

fulfilling a spiritual need


Abundant food

in each community a feast

acorns for squirrels

for human a roasted beast


Temperatures drop

coolness in the air

celebrations of plenty

many a state fair


Seasons change

 the life cycle continues

the journey is exciting

enjoying each venue


copyright 2019 Debbie Pierce

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Sanctify: The Beauty of a New Day

colorado park river

Walking through the valley

seeking to sanctify my soul

breathing in deeply

smells from times of old


Smells of morning dew

whispers from the rain

mirror images in the river

cleansing away the pain


New life emerges

there is a new nature show

flowers surrounding me

blooms begin to glow


Sweet serenity

life begins anew

slowly cleansing my soul

now from a different point of view


Love envelopes me

stronger from the storm

stretching out to enjoy the day

the journey is full and transformed


copyright Debbie Pierce 2019


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Gratitude- Countdown to Thanksgiving 2

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for those who came before

for their courage and hard work

opening for me a life door



for the lessons that I learned

for the experiences

for blessings unearned



for the sun and the moon

for birds singing

for the wind that swoons



for traveling through time

for the privilege of growing old

for stories told for a dime



for all who have passed through my life

for the love and the blessings

and a glimpse of the afterlife



for things that make me smile

for the journey

for each life mile



for another Thanksgiving

for everything

that makes life worth living


copyright 2018 Debbie Pierce




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Gratitude – Countdown to Thanksgiving



for the life we are given

the ability to sense and feel

an opportunity to listen


Our hearts beat

as the blood continues to flow

beautiful rhythm

from fast to slow


Lungs are next

filled with clean air

contracting and expanding slowly

sweet sensations for the nares


Arms and legs

to sense all that is around

dancing to music

there is joy abound



contentment along the way

life is a gift

to be treasured each day


copyright 2018 Debbie Pierce


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Gremlins: Sharing on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thank you for sharing your world. I wish all of you a Thanksgiving filled with wonderful health, joy, happiness, peace, and love.

A Thanksgiving picnic

blessings are abound

food and family in abundance

there is a gremlin around


A cool breeze is blowing

family football in the air

morsels of food disappearing

the pecan bowl is bare


Leaves are blowing

the gremlin continues his haul

food that is dropped and unwatched

he is having a ball


Truly grateful

for this unintentional act of caring

his treasure is buried

giving thanks for the sharing


Joy and laughter

the gremlins day is complete

time to take a Thanksgiving nap

everything is tidy and neat


Thankful to God

for all the simple things

grateful for love, joy, and happiness

each new day brings


copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce


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