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A Mutual Long Lasting Love

Updated on May 5, 2017

Yes that is a raging flash flood in back

And yes that is my son in front -- what a ham! Somewhere down in the bottom of the Grand Canyon
And yes that is my son in front -- what a ham! Somewhere down in the bottom of the Grand Canyon | Source

The circle of life

We walked hand in hand,

We learned to walk this land,

First I carried his weight

Now he carries mine by fate

It is kind of a sad thing

But one that love did bring

We now have hiked one thousand miles

Growing together through the wilds

He once was scared so I walked him through

Now it is his job with me to do

My son now a wonderful man

Thank you for showing me that I still can

Dad

The circle unbroken

I do not know how he can hike 10 miles with a 50 pound pact and the sleep in a hammock.

Just another day miles and miles away from "civilization"
Just another day miles and miles away from "civilization" | Source

Thank you for joining me.

I hope this simple method of poem writing gives you some kind of blessing

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Gypsy sometimes it seems so easy to love as is with my sons

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      15 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Nicely expressed and the love for your son shines through.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Jack. I will get on that. And thank you for the compliment.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Dora, there are days with my children where it almost seems like God is dumping so many blessings on me that I will burst.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, it is kind of surprising for me too. Fear blocks me sometimes from being creative. My friend Ruby got me through that fear by encouragement.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah I caught that and it actually me laugh. Thank you for following so closely. It was very cool the way Ruby's comment came at just the right moment that I "encourage - able". Thanks

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      Jack Lee 

      15 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Very nice. Small correction - misspelled "life".

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Manatita,

      I can picture you climbing that tree. In some really real sense the life cycle creates the student becoming the master, at least in some areas. Thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Simply beautiful -- both the poetic form and the message of family love and accomplishments. Blessings on you and your son going forward!

    • Dana Tate profile image

      Dana Tate 

      15 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      This was a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed the poem and seeing another creative side from you.

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      manatita44 

      15 months ago from london

      Yes, the simplicity and love shared is catching and no, you're not a bad poet at all. Quite promising, in fact. Continue, Bro, continue ...

      Kids grow up being afraid of things we do, then later they teach us and we are afraid. Crazy, eh? I tried to climb a mango tree in Banjul, The Gambia. I was so scared! I used to do this with my eyes closed, as a kid. Life changes us. Great poetry!!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      15 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric,

      Funny? I found it is a well written tribute to your son. I did read your reply to RJF where she thought you could write poetry is what I was referring to.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, we here so often that YOU MUST BE A PARENT and not a friend. What balderdash that we cannot be both. My young son and I are learning together not by mandate but by our mutual desire to learn more and experience more. And that turns out to be how we love each other more.

      I might meeting up with them all a Patrick's Beach in a bit for a beach cleanup there.

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      Linda Lum 

      15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      How beautiful. It is so wonderful when our adult children love us and befriend us, choose to spend time with us and are a part of our lives. What a blessing. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill you just reminded me of that exercise that corporate "bonding retreats" do where you fall back to be caught by co-workers. In my son's and my case it has often been 100 foot cliffs that we trust each other on. For sure thought the love bond came first.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I guess it is mutual thanks Clive.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great way for father and son to come together....and look at you, the poet!!! Thank you for sharing your love with us, buddy.

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      Clive Williams 

      15 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Charmaine. Some times I think children are the ones who teach their parents how to love.

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      Threekeys 

      15 months ago from Australia

      Liked you sharing the hearbeat connection between you and your son. All the best, eric

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Mrs. Clark. I have not heard from you in awhile. Please let us know how you are doing. Those of us with backgrounds in law, psychology, writing and youngest of over 4 kids need to stick together.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brooks is one of those great people that just really cares about people. You will hear more of him and probably from him as he is a songwriter, poet and leader of a band. Also if you go to malls that have Nordstroms and Men's Wearhouses you have seen him as he is a model for them.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well Elijah, poetry is something I gave up after I reached the pinnacle forcing my wife to fall in love with me. For a year and a half I only made it to Vietnam to see here about four times. So we wrote to each other. And poems is what she loved.

      Thank you for not thinking my attempt funny.

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      C E Clark 

      15 months ago from North Texas

      Very well expressed. You should write more poetry as you seem to be gifted.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      The blessing I felt was the love you have for your son and the pride you feel in his accomplishments. Well done Eric!

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      whonunuwho 

      15 months ago from United States

      Nice tribute to your son my friend. Blessings to all. whonu

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      15 months ago from Washington DC

      And we are supposed to roll around on the floor laughing?

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