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Eric’s Sonnets in Gratitude to Manatita

Updated on December 4, 2019
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Hello, people. I try to write like you and I could sit down together and read it. I really do not publish until I like the story.

Just Outside My Home

Saigon is now Ho Chi Minh City. It was my city for years.
Saigon is now Ho Chi Minh City. It was my city for years. | Source

Go Ahead And Act Without Love - Goodbye

Some friend, Manatita, challenged me to write a sonnet. A sonnet? I looked it up as I know not of “sonnets”. Funny as it can be in Shakespeare style. Well I reckon I have read all of his sonnets. Strange about sonnets. Now again that I have read Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet many times. So a song that is called a sonnet is a strange thing indeed. Lambic Pentameter sonnet is kind of how I think. Our inner soul must rhyme like a sonnet. It must be a cool drinking stream that even others can love and gulp up. I shoot for that. Too often miss the mark of love sonnets.

So my old friend David wrote music and Psalms and it pleased the Lord. Now this makes me think that that is a good thing. It is not my calling. And then the struggle to do it, brought me closer to my own heart. How words can be created in a sonnet please our own goodness. My goodness, as such it is, is not mine. I was not born in love I was born to search for it.

I was born on October 4th, but it would seem born poorly. Some physical defects. So I was in the hospital for two more months. Fantastic. Something to do with some guts type stuff and a leg born backwards. So I was adopted today December 4th. This is what we call my “chosen” today, 62 years ago. Wow I just came out of the rain to washing up.

Something about all that just from the beginning makes a man cry in joy all these years later. Wahoo I am alive! One year for my high school I ran cross country, wrestled, Skied, did three things in track and field and did some baseball. A Five Letterman we called it back then. Can you imagine from a kid with a brace for 3 years? So my art and work is not from within completely it is also from without. More love than most can imagine.

I have achieved a doctorate and been on every continent. I have preached and teached. I have had two wives who love me to death. And children that make me feel fantastic and are accomplished. My parents were best friends of mine. And not one danged thing my doing or choice just love. Make sure you understand that I am not a “self-made” man, I am one of other’s love.

And so we take off on two sonnets. (The rain here is so heavy that meetings are cancelled so time to spend with my buddy laptop to write)

Sometimes a Little Thanks is a Good Thing

A Hard Morning After Ten Miles

5 am and time to start the campfire
5 am and time to start the campfire | Source

I Was Not Feeling Alright -- Unacceptable

Funny But This Works For Me

Oh my lady is in me and does not always love me

She stands tall and erect yet she is the smallest of sect

She suffers and toils and stands tall yet though small she be

Of all hard work that I do she stands ready to direct

Why through my troubles so difficult she waits

It is clear that it take a heavy uneven toll

And with her there are many, many debates

I suppose with us we play many a different role

Yet above out heavy burden we call life

We seem to jump across all the boiling waters

She often rejects my poetry yet knows my inner strife

And inner poetry of love is all that really matters



So together we will still stand

Like a silly merry band

Life is brutal as we can all see

Life may be as hard as nails

Life may hurt as it will be

Life can knock us off us hard off the rails

I do not understand why life hurts so much

I do not get why it gets so difficult at times

I do not know why we are treated so such

I wish that life would be easy like children’s rhymes

But we get the easy, easy moments

And we get that big old moon in sky

Our love we have may not lay dormant

It is inside like poetry waiting to cry

Who shall we look to in times aerie?

Time to see the poetry inside me

Sometimes The Bite Hurts

Just another day on the trail
Just another day on the trail | Source

I Reckon Trying To Do Good Might Be Better Than Doing it

I did not meet this challenge well. It is like you need to be still and quiet for our inner poetry to be felt and heard. This I will work on. How do we express our inner most-self poetry if we put it in words? Our group hug this morning was poetic. My words totally fell beneath the mark. Perhaps gardening and cooking and just helping another is the real poetry. Yet I am such an amateur in such matters I could not possibly reveal what I do not know. I think I will ask my 9 year old after school. I bet he has an answer.

Now more about these confounding sonnets. You are supposed to raise a dilemma type thing in the beginning and then resolve by the end using 14 lines. Now that is impossible. Most folks who can do it well are called “the greats”. Now after trying it, I will read more of them as it is tougher than hiking 14,000 feet and I know.

“You feeling alright? I’m not feeling that good myself.” (Joe Cocker) So I put this song on as I was not feeling that good myself. Just some dancing changed me. I simply refuse to do well. I have so many issues going on in my life that it could make your head spin right off. Wife issues, house issues, car issues, children issues, and health issues. But the sonnets brought it back to real. I have a wife to have issues with, a home to have issues with, a car to have issues with, children to have issues with and look at me I am thriving health wise.

So our sonnets project a problem. Wonderful. Within 14 lines we must resolve them. Make room today to let love erase issues. Make time today to let the poetry within you create a lift. Poetry should be sung in your heart and psalms should written slowly and treasured.

If you are having a problem with that, shout out. Why shucks you can write me. I am just full up and can give you some loving. We do love around here.

A special thanks to Manatita. He moved me for complacency is the room of bad.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I work on Ms, Mary, maybe not so good.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Let love erase issues. I truly believe this. There is nothing more to say.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think I am beyond your time but I loved the play. I just cannot remember the Venue. Oh well but I think it was outside.

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      5 weeks ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      I remember Ho Chi Minh City during our musical play, Ms. Saigon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sean my boy and I have a list that mom made out to buy, grocery wise. I made him add to the list "something". On a cold November day with hard rain. We went for caramel apples. How fun is that and he did it all himself.

      "Life is not a mystery. We are". Thank you for being my friend.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      5 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      "... inner poetry of love is all that really matters"

      My dear brother, Eric, this is one of the best verses I've ever read! I will write it on the "Quote of the day" at my classroom for my students or better I will make it a tattoo in my right arm! I am so blessed to know you and enjoy your higher talents! Thank you!

      Much Love and prayers for you, every day!

      Sean

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby here is a fun one. Most of the time I write I do not get it.

      I presented an appellate brief the other day to two lawyers and a paralegal for review. After fact checking, citation checking and quotation checking it seemed to pass the test. And one of the lawyers asked me "where do you come up with this pissant Sh--- Dierker?" I told him that I read books. "No I mean how you write it?" I answered "I have no Idea". (I should have done a worse job so I could have made more hours $$$$)

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita. You are a good man. You inspire. You bring your mentor to life again.

      I was just kicking back outside with my Artichoke tea. Watching the clouds roll in. How amazing our gifts. And it struck me that our successes are not necessarily choices but that our failures are probably in much. So I will let go today and let the success flow.

      Thank you much for this challenge.

      I have a freestyle sonnet written and we shall see when it becomes real.Today just a thought.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, you took the challenge and rocked the boat! You wrote from your heart, and I felt it. BTW I like Joe Cocker, he's a boat rocker too. Peace my friend.

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Bill's two lines are masterpieces! I just couldn't stop laughing and Linda's are filled with hope. My gratitude to everyone else here. My brother, thanks for the child in you. You need nothing else: My Gratitude to all your Hubber and my Hubber friends here.

      "Only two miracles are worth seeing: The miracle of loving and the miracle of forgiving." -Sri Chinmoy.

      "Only two things are to be taken seriously: God-discovery and Self-mastery." - Sri Chinmoy

      " O bird of my Heart, fly on, fly on. Look not behind. Whatever the world gives is useless, meaningless and utterly false." - Sri Chinmoy

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      "Inner poetry of love; poetry waiting to cry." Awesome lines!!

      Yes, you are right. Complacency is a very bad thing and I have written a poem about it. So I'm extremely happy that you tried and made it very real from your life experiences.

      Now Bro, I didn't ask you to write a Shakespearean Sonnet! Why would you wish for more pain? Lol. It's like Sri Chinmoy giving me a huge quantity of inner experiences, when my small vessel could take just a 'wee' amount. Haha.

      I wanted a 'wee' square poem of 14 lines, in other words, a free-style Sonnet. Your second stanza is a free-style 14 lines. I'll take that.

      You say a lot in your writings. I can only keep offering you my Heart and pray for more Love and wisdom for us all. Let us hang on in there and do what we can. Remain cheerful, for it will eventually break down the adamantine wall of despondency or despair. Peace and Gratitude.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora our group hug this morning was "let God watch over us so we may be a shining light to others". Probably we will not do so well but the intent is there, even if just for each other.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      There is beautiful poetry inside you, Eric. Your expressions are unique: love . . . like poetry waiting to cry" is just one that I greatly admire. Thanks for taking on the challenge.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada, this is a quiet time of day. I am not allowed to interfere with preparations for school. The boy is teaching me how to put my poetry into contemporary music during the evening. I am a total waste case at it but getting better. The dance moves are not my style.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Well done Eric, in writing this sonnet. Both you and Manatita are wonderful writers and I appreciate both of you.

      I am not very good at poetry but I do express my feelings sometimes, through poems. By reading your work and other talented poets of HubPages, I am in good company and learning the art of it.

      Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed reading this.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Tim, so great to hear from you. We like to say "We are on a roll here". My son and I will read a good sonnet from Shakespeare tonight. I hope he likes it. He can quote some Psalms so I hope he is ready. It is hard holding a near 90 pound squirming 9 year old in your lap but we will get it done.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda you cheer me up. One of those days. That will make me adjust my meds. We will walk home from school today.

      Having trouble with perfecting the Rueben. But we have a fine fare for tonight. Our wonderful pediatrician insists a diet full of fruits and vegetables to help Gabe over his whiplash.

      How fun will that be? Lets see what he can make up.

      I like sonnets and am working on another.

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      Tim Truzy 

      6 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Excellent, Eric. Your words come from the heart; that's true poetry. It's filling to the soul and rewarding to read. Thank you. Poet by my book, and true gifted soul by any measure. Blessings.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, the most beautiful sonnet is the one that you write with your life. You've not written that 14th and final line, and pray that it is many, many more years until you do.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah I dang well can promise that most of my work is on a pad of paper never to see the light of day. We may be a fine gardener but that does not make us a poet. But I have great friends who challenge me to be a better writer. Perhaps I disappoint them.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika they were hard. But I am not doing so good at poetry. The effort at learning it is worth it.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 weeks ago from Washington DC

      I would say you were successful, Eric, I have written many a poem but have never attempted a Sonnet; that I know of. I don't give type name to my poems, I put the words on paper as the thoughts flow and when I'm finished I call it poetry. very few do I write that doesn't rhyme. All of that is said to mean I enjoyed it and appreciate you following a friends suggestion.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great start on a challenge and you certainly got it going for you. Sonnets are not for me you have a good one here and this world is brutal my friend

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      From what folks tell me the world needs to be upside down.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      The whole world is upside down if you are writing sonnets to Manatita. LOL And I like it!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela my important challenges at the moment are teaching my boy not to fart or say bad words in front of a Lady. hihihihi. He has the picture but not the discipline.

      I am listening to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NXnxTNIWkc

      Perhaps I smash ball into his head in soccer this afternoon and then get the point across. Futball is tough.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I think you met the challenge for writing sonnets. I guess we all improve in time if we try, but don't be hard on yourself as I think you did quite well my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Clive, life is good with you as a friend.

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      Clive Williams 

      6 weeks ago from Jamaica

      Nice Poem Eric

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish good love your way. i am not happy tonight as my 9 year let a big fart out during our group hug. This is cause for great discipline. hihihihi. Should it be a lecture he hates that the most?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      I’ve never tried To pen a sonnet and don’t seek to start, but my hat is off to you for tackling the challenge.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Veriie I am humbled by your words. it is time for hugs in the kitchen though do not deserve them.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 weeks ago from Canada

      Dear Eric, it is fascinating to see your process, and the frustration, and doubt you feel finding your 'voice' in poetry. A Sonnet isn't easy! Give yourself some wiggle room.

      And by the way, here's your Poem:

      "I have achieved a doctorate and been on every continent. I have preached and teached. I have had two wives who love me to death. And children that make me feel fantastic and are accomplished. My parents were best friends of mine. And not one danged thing my doing or choice just love. Make sure you understand that I am not a “self-made” man, I am one of other’s love."

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John you fantastic friend thank you for taking some time. The lady of our home grabbed a ride early so she could walk Gabe home in the rain. I just backed off and stayed out of the way, well maybe a hoodie put on her.

      Now I have you and that crazy guy "billybuc teaching me to write for years. Though I started in '73 maybe I learned a word or two.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, congratulations on your adoption day and on writing the sonnets. Sonnets are no easy feat and I attempt them when I want to give myself an extra challenge. Successfully writing one always makes me feel quite proud...anything Shakespeare can do, I can do better...lol...that’s a joke. Thanks for sharing. I know you have a lot of issues to deal with so this was good to take a short break.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 weeks ago from Dubai

      Great poems, beautifully penned. Writing poetry helps to connect with our feelings and thoughts. It brings out our experiences in life and gives us a lot to think about. Free style in poetry without having to follow a pattern is a great way to pen poetry.

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