Driven to Distraction

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The music is my foe

Lyrics pulling you

Cradling you

In their similarity

Your mind feels

Home


For another, a novel

Someone else’s story

Perhaps the characters

Maybe just the place

Or their sublime timeline

Hold you captive


Even sadder when your work

Your hobby cradles

Or cages you

Demands or merely entices

You away

Day after day


Another-

No worse than

A melodic addiction

A fictional affliction

Or a labor that takes your

Love


Any distraction that upstages

My reality eventually

May transcribe into lyric, or legend,

One day my moniker, a building namesaked

But tonight, cold and alone

Your distraction will not


Keep me warm


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

I've spent 35 years chasing the "American Dream," "not just for myself," the mantra I chanted. I almost lost the most important part of my life, my wife, while doing so.

It all started the last couple years, albeit slowly, I realized that people were more important than business and I started paying attention to them - at school, my neighborhood, the hubs here the last couple of months, everywhere.

Much to my surprise my wife came to me and said "Aren't you forgetting something?". "First it was your career, then your business, then school, then your art, your writing, then people and new friends" - "what about me" she said.

I was dumbfounded. Here was the most important person in the world to me telling me she was lonely. Well, I have to tell you, I seriously changed everything. We now spend most every evening and two to three days a week together (we're both self-employed), both at home, at the gym, running errands - whatever. We talk. We're romantic. I text her during the day. I want her to never, ever feel alone again, period...

I hope no one ever feels alone, including you, my good friend Randy...


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

bbnix: Wow What an epiphany.

I actually have been distracted in the opposite way. I can't seem to get back to my work because I am obsessed with someone...someone well known. I read about them, talk about them, and think about them. I'm desperately trying not to...so that I can finish the memoir I've started.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Wow BB what a comment. Our relationships surely are the most important projects in life. I'm glad this poem struck a chord for you. I'm more glad your wife chose to tell you while you still had time to reprioritize. Thanks for sharing your personal experience!

Morning alekhouse! If you're writing about this new person and you are more impassioned by them than your memoirs, I say go where the passion is. I think that's where we are usually supposed to be.


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

I also struggle with that fine line between family and arts and crafts time. Everyone close to me wants me to succeed as a writer, but they also have to let me know when I'm descending too far into the abyss.

Good little diddy here. Inspired some really candid comments already.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Its a sticky wicket. I don't think any of us are put on the earth to merely be a partner to another. I think we all have our own agendas and goals. So its a balancing act of pursuing our dreams but not neglecting our loved ones.


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

nice. all work and no play make randy a dull gurl. our every day lives need a few distractions to keep us sane. great poem.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks Nikki. I do not want to be dull :P In this poem I'm the ignored, not the ignorer though.


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

i knows i was just using the figure of speech all work and no play make johnny a dull boy. something like that. lol i know you are far from dull. and anyone who ignores you is not worth your time.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Perhaps I'm just insatiable at times :) I guess I'll have to look to HP to get the attention I crave!


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

I agree with Nikki, and as far as my Robin's concerned, I believe that is the secret to our long success, that we can speak what's on our minds, although, the angel that she is, to let me chase my dreams, she held this one back for some time...and the funny thing is, with her, my son, and my life, my dreams have come true...


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

I'm happy for you BB :)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I read this and completely misunderstood it. I read the comments; all of them. I thought: Wow, I really am a dunce... Hey Ho! Thanks fellow hubbers (how I hate that word), I feel such a retard.

Stil, nise, Innit!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Well I curious now TL; how did you interpret it?


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Wise words Randy, twilight thought it was about buttercups and daisies. The pillock.

It just shows what a waste of time edumacation is.

I hope you will be reunited with your absent fellow soon, it's not much i know, but you do have us lot to bounce off.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

My "fellow" makes weekend appearances but this poem was actually written months ago. I just never finished it until now. I hope TL will explain his view of it. When you write a thing, to you it is all so obvious.

If check my comment back to TL you'll see my edumacation weren't so pretty good neither.


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F. K. Isley 5 years ago from Missouri

Hi Randy,

Great poem !!!

It has been years, about 30 since I last wrote poetry.

I have been reading your hubs for inspiration.

Rock On ...

FK


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

High time you get back to it FK I'd say! Thanks for the comment.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Basically, Randy, my interpretation was as follows. When we are in a relationship. or more specifically; when that relationship has gone sour, every Little thing seems to remind us of what has gone... turn on the radio, and a song about lost love is there waiting for us; open a book, and the last words of the loved one spring forward and burrow into our hearts; go to a movie, and the way someone moves of stands of speaks brings all the memories rushing back.

It's like pathetic fallacy... a thunderstorm at night when a dark and awful deed is being perpetrated. Why not have your favourite character die on a lovely sunny morning, (Mine do!)


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Oh interesting TW! You should write that poem :) Thank you for finally returning and satisfying my curiosity. I always think that my poetry is completely obvious, the night I write them, that anyone will know exactly what I mean. I just found an unfinished poem on my computer from a year and half ago. I finished and published it last night. When I found the thing though, I was perplexed by some of my own stanzas. So obviously I am not altogether obvious.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

No, it's not you, my poetic friend, it's me. Everybody else understood, it... I'm just basically thick.

When I was teaching, I would go to staff meetings and everybody would have opinions on policy and methods and whatever, and I would just sit there going "La-la-la" (in my head of course), and wondering what everyone was talking about.

I've never been the sharpest knife in the drawer!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

I'm afraid I don't believe you TW.


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W. B. Isley 5 years ago from Monett, MO

I have ADHD. My challenge is driving on the road and not out in the meadows to pick dust motes out of the air. I'm always trying to drive away from distraction.

I've read this 'un twice now and I think I got distracted somewhere in the middle. I didn't get that you was bein' ignored. Oops.

Have fun wif them med-i-fors and stuff. I'll try 'n kech up soon.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

WB you are so silly, most readers don't want it spelled out for them as in ruins the mystique and all but I will happily do that if you find my mind a puzzle.


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W. B. Isley 5 years ago from Monett, MO

The third time is the charm. I see it now. Thanks for the encouragement.

I suppose I am too much a literalist at times. Some of these med-i-for things just zoom over my head some days. As FK said you rock.

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