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Just You and I My Friends

Updated on September 20, 2019
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I like to come at things from a different angle. Usually if we take some words and apply them to ourselves we can then apply to the world.

When the Floods Come

A 500 foot flash flood somewhere in the Grand Canyon.
A 500 foot flash flood somewhere in the Grand Canyon. | Source

Howdy

How funny that I sit here writing poetry on my Word program. Two window open and one is this and the other a brutal negative evaluation of a international corporation. I bury them and call into question veracity and accuracy in representation. I do my “job”. Sometimes that means to tear things down that are really just fine and dandy to my mind. But I do not get paid to be nice, I am hired to cause hell sometimes.

So off I go on the sweet and natural. Like walks in nature or even tough climbing. The breath of freedom caused by the slightest of breezes. The sound of an eagle’s wings as it takes off from a perch. A tiny gurgling waterfall and the smell of natural mulch nearby. Minnows nibble at my toes as I cool them in the creek. My pad and pen come out in a blissful solitude from man and yet my best friends all around me. Phone gets turned off, as society gets tuned out. As habit the deep breathing and eyes closed settle me into a guided imagery that is the here and now and not elsewhere. I am in that place and I shall never truly leave.

Hello In There

My Stream

Nature is wonderful, maybe me, not so much.
Nature is wonderful, maybe me, not so much. | Source

Me in My Special Place

Oh good friends how long it has been

Excuses a plenty where should I begin

What you say you do not even care

Troubles with the world you would not dare

Let me tell oh babbling creek

Getting back here is what I seek

But worry and work they keep me sick

Not enough time to play with a stick

But today I sit here on your banks in joy

Once again alive and well like a little boy

Dandelion and Dragonfly welcome me home

Away from weary where I do roam

Well you have drought and even floods and fire

Who am I to speak of my life so dire?

War and money keep me so full time

Yes I know no “reason or rhyme”

But now we sit our hand in hand

And welcome in this glorious land

Big tall trees that sway in the breeze

And fields of clover that grow with ease

Grean and browns and shade of blue

Remind me I am at home so true.

And Peace Be Upon You in Love

Thanks for taking a little trip with me. Not to worry I am back from out there. I will stay out there for some time and will return soon. I reckon I will get by in spite of myself. Perhaps I don’t belong in this big old house or even close to the big city. Sometimes I think I cause more harm than good. Probably I should not think of it too much. Living under that big old Sycamore tree might not work for too long.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      I agree.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      3 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Nature is our nurturer.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Shannon I think from Acrostic to Haiku here. I enjoy it. Mostly not meant to be published. My son and I are learning together. But this style just comes natural.

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 weeks ago from Texas

      What a lovely poem, Eric. I didn't know you wrote poetry. At least, I can't recall ever reading a poem by you. You should do it more often.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Bill you are very welcome.

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      William Kovacic 

      3 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thank you for allowing me to accompany you, my friend. It's a wonderful place, and I'm honored to be there with you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Dora. I just got back from a bit of a trek. Refreshed and I needed some giddy up and got it. Normally I go for the peace and quiet.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      The poem is so playful and relaxing. Your closing four lines describing your home in nature leaves me feeling at peace. Thank you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      So correct Linda. And I am fat on that food :-)

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric the work might provide money for you and your family, but it's the nature and poetry and writing that truly feed your soul and keep you alive. And you nourish us as well. Blessings.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      I drive the 3/4 mile to a trail head. I could walk it and do sometimes. But normally save it up for the woods or hill or canyon or valley. I could have bought more city but my wife liked our Feng Shue or something and I dove into the proximity to hiking.

      By mistake we now pay less than what a one bedroom apartment costs per month.

      Sometimes I just thank Elvis.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      4 weeks ago from Washington DC

      You would remind me of my nomad days, wouldn't you Eric? Because I listens to a higher call I will accept "city life" for the time being until I'm released to roam the rest of the world I've not seen (if it's still there once I'm free). Just like John Hansen on top of us down under here in the USA, you write a "mean stick of poetry" when you have the mind for it, thanks for sharing it.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Mel, if you ever find yourself in someplace like Hanoi get the Garra rufa spa treatment. It is a pedicure by these "feet doctors". I am serious they are fish that clean your feet up.

      Dude I get paid to make take technical writing into the "feeling" mode so that is work for me.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      John I am trying to get comfy with acrostic and haiku and freestyle but this style just seems my favorite style. Perhaps trying the uncomfortable is making my natural better.

      Thank you for being a supportive friend.

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 weeks ago from San Diego California

      My favorite line was about minnows nibbling at my toes, and that wasn't in the poem. I have had dreams like that. It must be a Freudian thing. Thanks for sharing your sentiments, now get back to work.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      It was nice to sit with you and contemplate life in your special place, Eric. It sounds idyllic. Keep the poetry coming.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Ruby I thank you for your nice comment. I seldom take photos or write when I am "out there". God says it will wait until later. Works fine for me. I got nothin' without His guidance.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sean this is a fact Jack "Love will tear us apart to build something new and better!" "Tare down that Wall". Build a better bridge to love.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, I think most of us all have floods, highs and lows, but when we write poetry the sky is bluer, people smile more. I loved your rhyme. A poet you are my friend.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      I am always by your side, my brother, Eric, no matter in which world you are! Magical or logical, Heaven or hell. Ever one heartbeat away. Because you are in my prayers. So thank you for the journey!

      Love will tear us apart to build something new and better!

      Sean

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Tim I think around '72 my big brother hiked us up from the river to the Havasupai reservation to a place called Mooney falls. When we got there he said to shut up and listen. He meant that Mother Earth was talking to us. I just wrote what I hear here. (maybe it was Havasupai Falls)

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      Tim Truzy 

      4 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Beautiful poetry and awesome things to think about, Eric. Ah! The Joys of His glorious handiwork that we get for free. Loved it, as always. Thanks very much.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Pamela, it strikes me sometimes that many many people do not get to be in nature like I do. So I thought I would share that with others.

      Thank you for being a friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks Bill, I aspire to be one you appreciates nature as much as you. But hey you have ten years on me :-)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      First you paint a lovely picture and then write such a lovely poem. I truly enjoyed your beautiful poetry my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      You need to take your act to coffee shops...read your heart with bongo drums in the background.....Reality by Eric.....a reading about the real of life. I would buy a ticket!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Artchelle. It is nice to meet you, Your compliment warms my heart.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Flourish contrary to many places my state is increasing both the sizes and quality (leave it alone) of our natural habitats. We have to be careful to allow access but not too much access.

      My son has a band with a mobile unit. They do gigs at beaches called "Party with a Purpose" which means clean the beach. My daughter does micro garbage and teaches children to make art from it.

      It is in our blood.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Shaloo, thanks. I do not publish poetry much though I do try to write it at least twice a week.

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      Artchelle Arcillas 

      4 weeks ago from Philippines

      Thank you for depicting a beautiful picture of nature. This must be read by many!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      I think that this is the first poem by you that I have read. Such a beautiful poem depicting the joys that nature has to offer!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      I like poetry that upholds nature. I hope nature will be around for future generation to enjoy as we do.

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