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On The Road Of Rocks To The School Of Hard Knocks

Updated on January 12, 2011

The road is full of holes and rocks.

On the road to the School of Hard Knocks.

I got a masters degree,

From a man I called Simon Legree.


This tyrant could slow time and kill clocks.

I took Greed 101 at the School of Hard Knocks.

So I apprenticed and became a stooge,

For another miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge.


For Christmas he gave the Cratchets rocks.

And I got another degree from the School of Hard Knocks.

No more slaving for tyrants, on my road of rocks.

This way, that way, the tyrant blocks.


The tyrant is adept at delivering shocks.

The textile workers are sewing clothes and socks.

Cooks and bakers are soiling their smocks.

Accountants scrimp and study shares and stocks.


Shepherds watch over their flocks.

Workers work hard and long at the docks.

Children are tugging at Mothers' frocks.

All of humanity are watching their clocks.


Their heads are all on chopping blocks.

All God's people await, hoping God unlocks,

The elevation of humanity,

On the road of Rocks to the School of Hard Knocks.

~Micky Dee~


He's a sage.

     He's a learner.

         He's a seeker,

              And a yearner.

He served in the Royal Navy,

His heart is in the Sea.

Music and travel also have their place,

But he's really for family.

He's a simple man,

Of such complexity.

And he always exudes,

Frivolity with dignity.

He's learned much,

About nutrition.

Since being caught,

In a juxtapostion.

While on top,

Of physiology,

He still gets lost,

In his photography.

But if there's a chance,

To do what he want's to do,

Rich will be out,

On the beautiful Big Blue.



This poem was inspired by

                                  "The University of Life"

                                                                      and written by my buddy richtwf!

God bless your great heart brotherman Rich.

try some of these by my brother Rich:

War - The Devouring Beast

Forgive Our Enemy of Humanity

Forgivers and Forgetters

The Golden Rule

Parts of Speech


Que Sera Sera - What Will Be Will Be

Sir Micky Dee - Semper Fidelis



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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Yo! Heart Felt Book! You've hiked a bit on that road I bet. Just about everybody I know gets on that road. God bless!

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      Cheri Taylor 

      7 years ago from New York, NY


    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Pearldiver! It's been a rough winter. My thoughts are hard to thaw! Was there not a mouse to chase? God bless Pearldiver!

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      Rob Welsh 

      7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Oh You are Lucky that you had a seat to ride on Sir Micky! At my school of hard knocks, we lessened the pain, with our socks! I watch a solo cat walk through the streets of BT and there isn't even a mouse to chase... times are tough and that's good enough reason not to wear a watch!

      Thanks for sharing this mate... hope it's not too cold there.. spring is on the way..take care.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Yo pmccray! You are telling the truth! "If you have a breath in you and have reached adulthood you attended the school of hard knocks."

      Yo sligobay! Isn't that the story told over and over? A parent will die in giving the family what it needs. So much pain here on Earth for such a short time. God bless your Uncle Mic!

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      7 years ago from east of the equator

      Hey Mic- I had an Uncle Mic who died of black lung in the English coal mines. I'm still close with his daughter my cousin Patricia. There was always coal to heat the home when he was alive but he died young and then coal was hard to come by for the family left with chilled bones. We take too much for granted and so do those who profit by the labor of others. This is a great poem and brought Uncle Mic to mind. thank you.

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      7 years ago from Utah

      If you have a breath in you and have reached adulthood you attended the school of hard knocks. Excellent poem. Peace to you and ride on.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      one love Darknlovely - one love

    • Darknlovely3436 profile image


      7 years ago from NewYork

      profound and nicely done, love the sense of humor in the poems...

      one love Micky Dee

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      God bless Katie. Rich is a fun guy! Stay warm in the Great White North!

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      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Awesome, Rich is awesome, thanks for the great poem it is wonderful and makes think more deeply about Rich, you provoke much thought in my lil ole head... :) Katie

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Truckstop Sally! I never thought of Little Orphan Annie. God bless dear!

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for beautiful verses. I couldn't help thinking of the musical with red-headed Annie and her orphan side-kicks singing: It's the hard-knock life for us . . .

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      No worries at all Jaggedfrost.

      Others may have the same question about it as you did.

      I don't mind explaining.

      I wish I had blended that in better. God bless.

    • Jaggedfrost profile image


      7 years ago

      Peace my friend, lol I didn't mean to frustrate you and my critique wasn't meant to anger you. I appreciate that you spend a lot of time on all of your hubs. The whole concept of you adding pictures to this hub never crossed my mind. I almost feel like you missed the point of my comment though as to this I would have to say it was my fault. I only meant changing which characters in Chinese that you feature to those relevant to each stanza you present. I didn't realize that that would take more energy then you have, I too live in a world where exhaustion constantly haunts me. I don't make anything on my work either. I enjoy your work and wouldn't have commented otherwise. I didn't realize that the only point in this work was to make an homage to an individual. Curse my good eye. Disregard my comment if you like and I am sorry you had to spend all that energy in replying.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Hi Jaggedfrost. Most people leave nothing between lines. Instead of really reading a lot of work, often the "work" is scanned. When words are lumped together, even in paragraphs, I cannot easily read, or comfortably read and enjoy many poems here.I wanted this to be special to Rich. If I had pout pics of oceans here, they would not have matched. Going through all my hubs, one will find that I try to make hubs personal and entertaining.

      It's a lot of work. At some point - I have to move on. I cannot dwell on a theme for each poem too heavily.

      There are thousands of poems without any adornment. This is a hub that contains a poem. I could look up pictures of Scrooge, a school, accountants, etc. But I have put more energy into answering your comment than many people put into creating their original hub.

      If you go through my hubs, I have the most labor intensive hubs I have ever seen. I can have 200 pictures on one hub. It takes two days, at least, for me to do that.

      Getting photos from the web- I need license, maybe some altering - I do this all the time.

      I make no money as it is. I make zip. Nada. Nothing. I am working - often - 7 days a week creating the hubs, answering comments, and visiting other hubbers and their work.

      If the work needs more work - I'd just as soon quit. I ride my bicycle and work on hubpages for nothing.

      I can spend hours - I did yesterday - looking for one picture. This work is already - without compensation.

      I recognize the relevance and I appreciate your good eye.

      Now I've spent more energy on the comment than the energy spent on thousands of hubs. God bless you always!

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      7 years ago

      ah, no doubt about it. Reaching to one's roots for beauty is a valid and worthy thing. The point I was making was from a poets stand point, making all aspects of the poem work together to express a joint theme and message. The concept being that the poem would be a little cooler if the Chinese characters actually matched up with the message of each stanza along the way.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Hi Jaggedfrost. Rich has some Chinese ancestry and that's the connection (I think he's made that reference in his work). Thank you.

      God bless Rich!

    • Jaggedfrost profile image


      7 years ago

      It would be nice if each segment of poetry were in direct correlation to the Chinese character you listed. If so I missed the connection. Sorry. The format was beautiful though.

    • richtwf profile image


      7 years ago

      Brother - What can I say?

      This poem made my day!

      Now I feel I can fly away!

      and be happy until May!

      (Month of my birthday)

      God bless you Micky!

      Hubber Brother Ritchie

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      Kim Lynn 

      7 years ago

      Love your precision, every word leads me to the next.

      Like your style!

      Many Blessings,


    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Wes! Those are pretty cool.

      Thank you Peggy. I appreciate you!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      I think all of get to this school akirchner!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Cool, Micky - I'm an alumnus from the School of Hard Knocks myself...lifetime member! ha ha

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Many of us have graduated either sooner or later from that very school. It is hard to get out of this life without a few scrapes and bruises if not worse. Keep shining your light on what is important and what is worthwhile in the long run. Everybody needs a cheerleader now and again. You are that and so much more, Micky!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      FOKK U! That comment was awesome!

      Interesting work, Micky Dee. I loved how you put the Mandarin(?) symbols in there, very cool.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      vocalcoach, you are a treasure! God bless!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Ah Dear Micky! Angels do exist...right here on HP, riding bicycles. Benevolence becomes you. I so love your hubs as I do Rich's. An awesome tribute to a fine writer. Your light reflects in your writing. I truly cannot get enough. Shine on, dear and loved Micky!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Micky, I am familiar with that school. I love your writing, so meaningful in a funny way. You always make me laugh when reading your hubs.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Micky, mu uncle. I love this hub, including your Japanese letter. I really liked how you put the meaning of these letters. Today, you gave me a lot of appreciation through my hubs. Thank you very much. I give special "vote

      for you. Love and peace!

      Your nephew, Prasetio:)

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      7 years ago from US

      Wisdom of thought here and there, that is you Mick. Love conquers all, Maita

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      7 years ago from scotland

      Md- cycling laureate, I bet those 'socks' are made from wicking!

    • JaneA profile image


      7 years ago from California

      Made me smile - and think.

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Cool beans! Micky Dee dude, I'll have to add another to read on now, thanks, I'll have to remove the whole 1,000 flea infestation thing I voodood on your pocket rocket, Ha! dust

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      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Beautiful, as usual MickyD. Love the intermix of languages. Take care.

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful tribute to Ritch. The Chinese words fascinate, and the poem reveals Micky Dee’s deep-deep thoughts. I love your heart, M.D. I can see no flies on you :)) Take care of yourself, you are special.

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      Timothy Donnelly 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hey bud, another fine Hub! You are not only prolific but tremendous here in your words both said and unsaid.

      Micky, such an insight you have gained of the solid mercury rocks of Pluto and the embryonic diamonds of Venus during your sojourn of life my friend!

      For me, even after the fact, your words say a lot that I can relate to once again, as I yet fumble with the burden of foolishly keeping the occasional flying rocks which beset my scholastic internship of post-graduate studies in the worldwide School of Hard knocks.

      Be good my humble and inspired brother; we that can appreciate your style do learn to see a little brighter, and walk a little lighter!

      Perhaps we can just hold on to the rocks which have been worked and purified to an acceptable degree, so that they shine and reflect our joy in their perfection, wherever we each may be; could this not be?

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Eiddwen! Lift me up sweetheart! Give me some wings to fly! You do it so well! God bless you dear Eiddwen! I do love to see you! I am so glad you are back!

      Thank you sameerk. I'm glad you had a good time.

      yo BrotherVietnamVet! God bless you brotherman!

      God bless you Tony! You know I love you brother!

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      Tony McGregor 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Your kindness and wisdom shine on, giving light to us all here on HubPage, my brotherman! Keep the light shining so we don't lose our way on this road of rocks and holes!

      Love and peace


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      7 years ago from New York State

      Beautiful tribute to Rich Brother Man, Rich is a man we all respect and enjoy reading his great wisdom of hubs. God Bless Brother Man Micky

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      7 years ago from India

      very nice hub , loved it ..

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      7 years ago from Wales


      That's you Micky Dee.

      A true victor for all to see.

      No selfish ways

      Blemish your days

      Your thoughts are for others

      Your sisters and brothers.

      Go and claim your prize

      Your words are so wise.

      A heart so kind for all to see

      Is owned by our friend Micky Dee.

      So great to be back and God Bless you Micky.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      God bless you Dave!

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      7 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      There's my Micky Dee - a student for sure of the hard knocks school, but it couldn't dent that beautiful heart - love ya man

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Yo Always Exploring! Witty ditties! He does have the witty ditties!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is great Micky.Richie is so great.His tidbits of wisdom is a formula to live by,starting with Baby to Grandmother.I can't go to bed without reading his witty ditties.Thank you.

      God Bless

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Yo drbj! I have degrees but I'm not sure I'll ever graduate.

      Thank you dear creativeone! I need a word!

      Thank you dear Darski. I appreciate you so much. God bless you!

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      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Most of us have travel this road, you call of hard knocks or rocks, I call it holes in the ground. Your style, passion, love and knowledge will grow sometimes when it is to late. But, love is all we need and low and behold, it smooths the road. Love & peace rate up love darski

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Micky, for another awesome and beautiful poem, you really do have the skills. Thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeonbe59

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Micky - did you know that "Fokk University" (affectionately known as Fokk U) is seeking professors who are graduates of the College of Hard Knocks. Apply today and tell them I sent you.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      God bless Tom!

      Yes Dear Freya! I love you dear one!

      Yo yo yo! God bless you Mentalist acer!

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      The school of hard knocks has failed to expell your wisdom,Micky.;)

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      Freya Cesare 

      7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Again, Nice tribute. King Micky, I still want to read many of your work. So please, keep writing???

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      7 years ago from 41042

      Nice! take care brother! Peace!! Tom and Justin


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