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Updated on July 6, 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.

Top of the Mount

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I Need Your Love

Some folks can accept accolades with aplomb. They carry it with dignity and become a shining light – or not. It would seem to me that when I was younger yet much older than today, I craved the spotlight and got it, good or bad. Perhaps today I am more comfortable for any light I may have to be shone through another. But I had a moment of pride the other day that I shared with my sons. “Get over it Dad, no one cares if you are on an ego trip”. “Maybe you should be, now kick the ball”. And our beat goes on.

A strange feeling came to pass

One that did not seem to last

How lucky it is to others

That they can call us Brothers

How self centered and conceited

But I give out what is needed

I love without any condition

With you and me no contrition

Call me up with problems deep

In your life my love will seep

Not my doing I do suppose

Advice maybe I propose

Oh how prideful I became

But now all back to the same

Not my calling to rise above

Just return to unvarnished love

We must wonder, I may think

Who I have saved from the brink

My son says don’t you be dumb

Think of all you have become

Shrinks say I self-deprecate

This my friends seem to hate

Maybe I shy in a normal way

Keep vainglory off and at bay

But my Sensai says it straight

To your goodness you must relate

Hiding your flame beneath a pot

Will not help those who cannot

Oh what an ego I must possess

Better to sit still in ease recess

Do not judge me all the bitter

I will try to do better

Puffing my chest out is not my thing

But perhaps a light for others bring

For these things I can’t reconcile

Why self-loathing all the while

To toot my own horn I cannot do

It must rest and be subdued

Friends and family send love my way

Maybe I can accept it some distant day

Some were given gift of love

And others prophesy from above

Perhaps sleep is warranted now

To find answers maybe somehow


Another Camp

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We are Having Fun Here

In our small hamlet of our home we refuse to do well. We check up on each other. If one of us is not thriving we do some synergism and get the Joy-Gene working again. Call that a huge group hug. Then we tackle the issue. Italian/Irish second generation and Vietnamese first generation things get rough and tumble. My ego gets smashed to hell and then back for more. Life is good when there is love.

So the beauty of the most basic poem kind of gives us pause. Kind of a “time out” from life. I have many mentors in the area of poetry/prose and I hope I never equal their work. What fun would it be without a goal to attempt, a mountain to climb or a situation to overcome? My mentors set the bar mighty high. Thank you to them.

A depressed and sad feeling hit me today

One I could not melt away

Some days are like that I suppose

It is then I turn to prose

No one every taught me the rules of life

Conflict here and there and full of strife

Seems to me that our body flows

In and out and nobody knows

Yesterday on top of the world

Today emotions all in a whirl

A strange feeling hit me today

That it is fine in old way

If I were happy all of my day

For what then there is to pray

Up and down like a big jet plane

Perhaps that is what proves I’m not insane

The best ride that could be around

Is the one where you touch not the ground

Over here and over there and there

It is all to the good my life does declare

Smooth sailing is a fine fine term

Truth be told it makes me squirm

Give something that I can overcome

And I will show you so much fun

Someone told me that this was childish poetry. Just rhyming is not poetry. It needs a perfect rhythm and flow and structure just so. So I thought to myself that this may be true. And so I wrote one that the critic could not do. How fun is that.

Things Are Looking UP

Now we nearly look across at each other.
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Can You Believe It?

I Am Looking For a Canary

All temperatures

Let Winter in Summer too

Let Fall in Springtime

Fallen angels are never dead

Reason not know it is said

Eerie sounds are there to hear

Each of us demons to fear

Simple sights look as though not there

Try as we might we cannot bear

You and I will be just fine and dandy

Like a child with hard rock candy

Eric does not care for form ;-)

Heat melts the mid day

But not of summer today

Heat just simply melts

So Western Haikus sandwiching an Acrostic Angels and seasons I reckon. Maybe seasons of our heart and not of the earth.

That last line in the Acrostic could be rejected by a snob. The Haikus perhaps do not have enough of a cut to the quick in it. Maybe the notion of freestyle really is and yet we steal the portfolios of the structured notions. Around here poetry is like cooking from scratch. Fine that the recipe calls for a teaspoon of cinnamon but I really like cinnamon so two it gets. My cooking, my rules. If you don’t like cinnamon go eat Joe’s apple pie.

But all of this about poetry is a faint. I am really talking about me. So self-centered. Get over it. I ain’t never met a rule that didn’t look better broken as I look back. Oh please do not get me wrong here. I love to make rules and you had better follow them ;-)

This article was broken up a whole lot. Cooking, working, bike riding, water fight, (thank goodness no chess) catch and etc. etc.

Funny thing came to pass. I realized that my writing reflects my life. I only get a couple of hours a day of solo time. If a critic said I was eclectic I would hug him and so would my son. Eclectic would be a suggestion of at least something compared to normalcy. That is a bump up from “out there crazy”.

I told my wife that if she is making me feel uncomfortable she must be uncomfortable. And then I dove onto the nearest safe place as the hand blew wind across my face. I still got that retreat down baby, shuck and jive. Come in and float like a butterfly but sting like a bee!

Let us just say goodbye with this.

Hold me closer as you can do

No I love you ever true

No not lovers in a certain way

Lovers of love every day

But I am looking for a snitch. Snitches get stitches. Someone reported that I violated that poetry laws.

I sure love this stuff. Does England have a 4th of July?

Stool Pigeon


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Devika thanks, I sure am having fun writing poetry. And I think most of that is due to friends like you.

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      Devika Primić 

      21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Eric you r talent shows through your writing and thoughts as well. Always a pleasure to read your poems. Your great expressions are true and warm.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Rochelle and welcome.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      2 years ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Beautiful poetry, nice pictures, and cute kid :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Nithya. I just plain love to write. Of course the day at the beach was great also.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Excellent poetry enjoyed reading. I love the way you have expressed your thoughts and feelings. Poetry is from the heart and soul, and there are no rules as far as I am concerned.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great to hear from you Clive, thank you for dropping by.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Jason. I truly enjoyed writing this.

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      great poem Eric...keep going.

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      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This is certainly a poetry. A great poetry.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I am behind on my keyboard stuff. But way ahead on my life stuff. I just got told to sit down and publish my sermon. Or maybe I am just crazy hearing things. Or maybe both ;-)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks a bunch Dora,

      I am constantly amazed that people actually "get" what I write. Sometimes I half speed read my stuff to my son. His eyes glaze over and then a week later he refers to it. I reckon I will let God sort that out.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim, I need to "un-puff". I am so showered with love I get to thinking I deserve it. But that love is freely given and not earned by me. Bought by another far above me.

      Lest we forget it is mine to remind. What a strange calling. I am trying to pass the mantle. But He has other plans.

      Thank you for your love my friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Know this Elijah; it is a blast growing down with you. I wonder and wander what we will learn today that we already knew differently. What pearls of wisdom will we snatch from those younger than ourselves.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Lori,

      Perhaps I get a little too personal at times. But it does seem that whild we are all different and unique we have a lot in common. I think it is good for us to gather around and know that.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Nicely done, my Friend. No matter what you write, your love and talent shine through.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene I get your point. I think I am that also. Cool by me. I wonder. And I will keep on that. Our kitchen fills the home with cooking.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, as for us in this small enclave one of the only rules is to express oneself. For us it works, for others I do not know.

      "Dad you know you are just a Dad

      I hope that does not make you very sad"

      Too deep for me but my son said it.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Different themes but all interesting and relatable. "Eric does not care for form." Why should he? His out-of-box approach usually works very well.

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Eric, the truest poetry is from the heart, rhyme, reason, or others' impressions can hardly equal the power of the heart. Rhyming is a matter of whether your heart and soul wants to be expressed in that manner. To that degree, brother, let the snobs criticize whatever, but you are a fabulous touching writer and poet.

      I love this line from your first poem:

      "Shrinks say I self-deprecate"

      It reminds me of that great comedian, Bob Hope. He mentioned in an interview that he loved to tease himself to remember others in his jokes. You put yourself down in your writing sometimes to help lift others, reminding us all that we share this world together in love.

      Great and skillful work, Eric.

      Sincerely with respect,


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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 years ago from Washington DC

      So, Eric, I see you actually did what I heard so many times, "once a man and twice a child", and your life proves it.

      Maybe I'm in error, Eric, you were born old and grew into child.


      You are open and childlike in your honesty, something I'm striving toward, just say what comes to mind and if it hurts someone's sensitivity I attempted to put a bandage over it. It appears you are much better at it than I so I'm using you as my mentor. Is that OK?

      Both the preludes and poems were filled with "you have to explore both sides in order to recognize every whole has two halves." Thanks for sharing all of it.

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      Lori Colbo 

      2 years ago from United States

      I LOVED this. Why? Your raw honesty and transparency. Pride, conceit, vainglory, etc. Yep been there done that. Pride is the most base of our sins in life. Your other poetry is likewise beautiful and real. I loved this line from the first one, "Not my calling to rise above

      Just return to unvarnished love."

      Great stuff Eric. You rock dude.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      You are indeed a very fine poet. By the way, my favorite poems to read are poems that rhyme. I am somewhat OCD, so there is comfort at the end of each sentance that rhymes.

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Poetry comes from the soul and everyone has the right to express what's in their heart and in their own way.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, I feel your hugs. What a day it is already. Gabe and I go to see big brother Brooks do a benefit concert for the American Legion this eve. Of course as a first gen free Vietnamese American Gabe will be VIP. We do not do light we do celebration!

      By the way I am wiping away tears from our hug. Do not tell anyone.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, in the world according to CD (aka Carb Diva) the rule about poetry is that there should be no rules. Poetry comes from the heart and your verses are peerless. I love your poetry--you express your thoughts and feelings well. I just want to give you a hug right now.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, I struggle on my back-country hikes. So cool. I am alive. I struggle with poetry. So cool. I am alive. I ain't never met a law or rule that I did not need to break.

      We are blessed.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Nice work Eric. For what it’s worth I enjoy your poetry, and I don’t have a Haight opinion of poetry critics. Most of the time I don’t follow any form or count syllables (unless I am writing a haiku or sonnet that requires a strict form). If it sounds good to me, gets my message across and seems to flow well I am happy.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, we had such a blast yesterday. The "game" is; you say a one line and I have to say the next in rhyme but also go with the flow. Try doing that as you sit on stools and play football catch of ten yards sitting on stools. Then do it, with your opposite hand. And the lines totally not in sync.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill give me a pinch. Life is so "alive" around here. On your suggestion the piece of life, wife, boy and the Quail is in the hopper. More astounding happenings today.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I wouldn't worry about someone criticizing your poetry. I like it, and I particularly like the first one, which was talking about an ego I think. We don't have to be shining, on top the heap to just be okay. Family and friends (including me) love you Eric, and that comes through in all your articles.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I noted your tribute to the Beatles early on. Whether Help is needed, in your case, is up for question. Seems to me you've got all the help you need from that beautiful family.

      As for poetry, I have a poet's soul. You have a poet's heart. It all comes out in the wash, buddy!


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