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The Heart of Dust to Dust

Updated on August 12, 2017
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The Beautiful of The Conception

Strange thing that I knew men like this. My son draws them with more heart and honor having not met them. God creates and man must stand in awe.
Strange thing that I knew men like this. My son draws them with more heart and honor having not met them. God creates and man must stand in awe. | Source

Take My '53 Chevy half ton pick em up truck for a ride.

So I Was Checking Out My Self Compared to Others

I do not have massive wheat stored for a future date. I do not have masses stored in a vault or an account. I do not have air conditioning. My car is older than my young son. Dang my neighbor who is the age of my elder son has more than me.

What have I done with this notion of a small and getting smaller footprint? I don't even buy into Climate Change stuff. I just need simplicity. Do not worry, my bride takes care of the day to day.

But when I die all that will be left of me will be 4 great children. What a crappy inheritance. Maybe I should get busy and get things. Or maybe I should leave them some richness of soul. Do I have it in me to create a legacy born of creation and not the wealth of nations?

On The Day I Was Born They Threw Me Across AgainstThe Wall, Then They Realized I Was A Child.

Ain't No One Ever Called Me Pretty

Being bad leaves a great deal of room to improve.
Being bad leaves a great deal of room to improve. | Source

Is it possible that friends are not necessary?

Can I live life without folk and just arbitrary?

Who suggested man is a social creature?

Who decided that man is a god in the miniature?

Am I less of a man in my solitairy?

Or must I cackle and noise make in the aviary?

Could it be that I am not a fool?

Swimming alone in God’s wading pool?

Love and friendship I do adore

But I relish the locked up door

I seem more trouble so to cause

As I must socialize just because

Life has been good to me

Have I the right to let it be?

So my world has been made almost perfect

Must I suffer as is the holy prefect?

A child of mine told me to let it be

God will show the life until I see

Nowhere imagination can ring more true

Than the love I receive from you

Failure upon mishap and frustrating episodes

Yet there is love to help me carry the loads

Shall I be so predisposed to think my life is charmed?

When in fact each precious moment requires I be disarmed

Who do I do battle with for reason

When I am blessed in every season

So I will sit here and seriously contemplate

All of the joy served on my plate

Leave me lover friend if you must

I will adore that which is dust to dust.

Climbing up 1,000 feet at around 6,000 feet with a 40 pound pack just might be good for a man.

Heck I do not even know for sure if my breathing is good for mankind.

But my family says it is, So I reckon I will "Keep on Trucking". Let us take some more steps together.

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      Eric Dierker 37 hours ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Dora. I really like that notion, "though I'd like to add to that." That to me is very inspiring to do more. Kind of like Faith without works ..... James I think.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 days ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you're becoming poetic, reflective, philosophical all at once!

      Your questions make me think and my conclusion is that "richness of soul" is a great legacy though I'd like to add to that.

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      Eric Dierker 5 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ryan due to my fairly extensive travels several times I got down to what would fit in a Volkswagen Beetle. With a wife and young son I am getting too much stuff, which works out OK for a family. Way back I sold all my stuff to buy a backpack and cruise Europe for several months. That was so freeing.

      Oh well there will always be the ebb and flow of things.

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      Eric Dierker 5 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jackie thank you for that reminder of the wonderful notion of Mathew 6, which I always tie into the chapter before with the Beatitudes. Funny but it is easier for me to be poor than meek.

      My mom really liked old valuable things. She even ran a Antique store for a bit.

      But the fear of maybe breaking something made me not want them. Probably some mommy issues there;-)

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      Eric Dierker 5 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Linda. You are so right. Children are the greatest blessing.

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      Ryan Fuller 5 days ago from Louisiana, USA

      After the flood I have learned that less is more. And that material things are not what they crack up to be. I would rather feel my life with experiences and travel. I also agree that you should have a few good friends. I used to be the guy that had many friends, but when it came to needing one only a few showed their true colors. Great poem, and one I can relate to a lot.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 days ago from The Beautiful South

      We are on the same page. I see estate and yard sales where mothers have died and everyone picking through all her junk. Who wants that?

      Need to build our treasures in heaven, for sure. No dust there.

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      Linda Lum 5 days ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, stuff is just stuff. Material wealth is meaningless in the grand scheme of things. What matters most is what is in the heart.

      You have beautiful children and that is the greatest legacy a person can leave on this earth. And who knows what their descendants will contribute? With the love you have instilled in your family, there is no limit to what they might be.

      You are wealthy indeed (and we are so blessed that you are here).

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      Eric Dierker 5 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim thank you much for your constant uplifting and inspiration. And friend that music is really cool. Listening now.

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      Eric Dierker 5 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, apart from my elder son who is a sterling musician, BAD to the Bone is my youngest's favs. Seems he fancies it to the horribly violent games I let him play ;-) Write or wrong that boy is stuck with me.

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      Eric Dierker 5 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori, I hear you. When I was preaching the head guy kind of ranted about the congregation not bringing folks to the flock. I am just not given the talent. Yet I knew that 5 there had come through my labor for the Lord.

      I invite the Jehovah Witnesses in for drinks and chat when they come a knocking. I seem to just love, on fire proselytizers. But I ain't one.

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      Tim Mitchell 5 days ago from Escondido, CA

      One step at a time up that peak of 6,000 feet . . . I think there is much to ponder with the poem. And, a fine one it is. Thinking of this poem and legacy I am reminded of a song by Mike Oldfield you may like to listen to. It is titled 'Far Above the Clouds'. Anyway, the key wordage in the symphonic production is:

      ...far above the clouds

      far above the clouds

      far above the clouds...

      And the man in the rain picked up his bag of secrets, and journeyed up the mountainside, far above the clouds, and nothing was ever heard from him again...

      ...except for the sound of Tubular Bells.

      I think of my legacy as my bag of tricks when I listen to this song.

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      William Kovacic 5 days ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Bad to the Bone, Eric - that brings back a few memories. Keep on truckin;.

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      Lori Colbo 6 days ago from Pacific Northwest

      You bless mankind every day sharing the message of love and kindness. That will be your legacy.

      When I ponder what my legacy might be when I'm gone, my talents, abilities, and anything I created or did are not even on my list. I want people to say She loved Jesus and pointed the way to him, however imperfectly.

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      Eric Dierker 6 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, I am having to take care of some of my stuff today. The less I have the easier it is.

      And the more love I have the easier it is.

      Have a great day friend.

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      Bill Holland 6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Hell, Eric, when I die, some who do not know me will look around at the lack of material wealth and they will wonder what in the hell this guy did with his life? How could he have so little?

      But what they won't see, with their jaded eyes, is the love left in my jet stream.