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The Olympic Tide

Updated on June 12, 2018
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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.

Some One Told Me To Suffer

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Some Challenge By My Hero Chris Mills

I am just a sad country boy and writing any poetry leaves me at best weak at the knees. But I do reading Psalms and the like. I have no business getting into a ruckus with real poets. Everybody has a talent they should “exploit”. I suggest that mine is not poetry. But you get thissy here deal and for some reason unbeknownst to me you expand you horizons.

Now when I was too young to know better, maybe 40 or so I would write poetry for my gal 3,000 miles away and sometimes I would just say it and she said it helped her relax and fall asleep. Maybe after near 18 years of marriage it floated away and I am grateful for a man, Chris Mills who dug it up again. I reckon we forget and bury things. I do not know. I do think quite clearly that lengthy poem with every line rhyming is not really a poem. I can’t quite get.

I was laying awake in a field that has no life to it.

I had to my name not a single silver bit.

I had a nasty broke nose that had purple all over it.

It was the ninth year since my wife had passed I had had it.

The pint of Whisky did not change the same month of it.

If a nasty wolf was in the mix I would not care a whit.

I heard tale that a song was opus I did not care a wit

My new wife said sleeping outside was dangerous and that I was lit

I simply said if she had not run a marathon like me, to git

Maybe I was discombolute But it helped to make it quit

If You Can Know All These Artist You Win

Nothing Else

Thank all of you so much. My old pappy told me one time that a dollar can burn and you can burn bridges. But a real friend will build that bridge again. Thanks for all your great bridges I would be stuck on the other side without you.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Lawrence it is so great that writing is so limitless. I have more poems written just for my wife and myself than I would ever publish.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      5 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      You're a braver man than me! I know I can't write poetry, and I don't even try, but then again, maybe I should one day.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      New friend, second year first in class. We just love to learn things around here.

      I really try to write flash fiction and poetry but they come out true. I grow and learn and I am so happy to meet new travelers that someone said was life.

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      Ajodo Endurance Uneojo 

      6 months ago from Lokoja, Nigeria.

      Hi Eric,

      It feels really nice to read you.

      Could there be better poetry than self-expression?

      Well, you professionals know better, I guess!

      With me this is just fine and your boy should be proud of his dad or is he a Shakespeare? Lolz.

      Thank for sharing, anyway!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Manatita you should see my serious face right now. I came after my boy with it. He just thinks it is so funny. I think I will give it my best shot to be serious for a day or so.

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      6 months ago from london

      Well Bro.

      I'm glad that you don't take this thing seriously. Chuckle, chuckle here.

      Anyway, you tried and I'm proud of you. I'm sure that Chris will be proud of you. Good on ya!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Now billybuc don't you go all "can't raise quail or have a dog" on me. You have mentored me not to see limits but to spread my wings and fly. You are a master of no limitations. (well ok maybe cooking ;-)

      Pinch me, we are having too much fun.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know my limitations, buddy! I'll stick with what I'm doing, thank you very much. :) But good on ya!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

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

      Linda I am pushing the limits here cooking. I would say I am doing about fifty percent right. I am trying to let go and just feel in love in cooking. At least for sure my boy is having fun laughing at me.

      I figure that if we dream it, well us just see.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, good for you for having the courage to take up the challenge. I know my limitations and will stick with cooking.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thank you Three Keys. I know your name but I like that handle. I am like you, nothing makes me puke faster than self promotion. But I am a bit over 50 ;-) I ghost write for Attorneys and International Corps. It is just a total blast.

      Poetry is also a blast. I think I will have some more fun in this arena.

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      6 months ago

      Eric a while back I remembered about Jodah's and Ralph's poetry website and you were on it writing poetry!

      Why are you playing the fool here?

      I dont know if you write for others like Jodah does, or, you just write/create poetry for yourself, but I create poetry that comes to me in the moment. I dont ghost write or get paid to write and I wonder if I had to, would it hold the interest? That ebook of poetry I created hasnt sold one copy however I havent promoted it at all except for a mention here. I personally am very uncomfortable with self promotion but that is what needs to take up most of your time if you are to make something work in the outside world. I find the idea of self promotion exhausting and annoying.(apologies I digressed)

      You appear to wear many hats, Eric. Life can only be very fulfilling. Lucky you!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I really appreciate you Dora, I hope you know that. And it just hit me that my young boy and I are going to do this poetry together. Always better to do synergy than that isolation deal. I will publish what he and I come up with. Is this going to be fun or what?

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I get a wonderful visit from you Venkatachari. I could be off a few months. But we have been friends for 4 years I think. Thank you for being a friend. I wonder if poetry is like a combo of prayer, meditation and "yoga".

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      John I have all these friends that do poetry quite well. I think this is really fun. So like all of your poems I will read and maybe learn. Maybe like learning a new instrument and jamming with your pards.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Clive you always come by and support me. That speaks of your good character.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you succeeded in creating a mood appropriate for a mourner. Then comes the new wife. I agree. More poetry from you!

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      Venkatachari M 

      6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very entertaining one. Eric, you managed it quite good. I enjoyed reading it. Now, you can do more poetry like this one. Good wishes to you.

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      John Hansen 

      6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Eric, Well done you for attempting this challenge. The poem may not have met any classic format but let's call it "free form." No matter what it was a fun read, and you did it without trying to rhyme..the non-rhyming words.Good for you.

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      6 months ago

      Nice piece there.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Now Marlene I kind of think this is not poetry. But WOW was it fun. They gave me a job once building out house units. They were fully nuts. So we clean up for our family at night and go to work dirty in the morning. Thank you so much for your love.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 months ago from USA

      This is a nice poem. I think you should write more of them. I don't consider myself a poet, but when my son-in-law passed away recently, I woke up the next day with a fully rhyming poem in my head. It was a dedication to my daughter. Poems are fun. You're very good at it. So, write more. I would enjoy reading them.


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