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Trucker Joe's Lament

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Trucker Joe's Lament

He lost his job, now drives a rig. The pros are small; the cons are big. A sleeper cab is his abode on tedious and lonesome road. In Old West days, a steed he’d mount; now yellow lines he cannot count. A steady stream, long have they flowed on tedious and lonesome road. A ribbon flat, it sometimes winds, descends or climbs until he finds it’s all one constant episode on tedious and lonesome road. By some he’s loathed along the path. For taking space, he’s shown their wrath. Sparse traffic lessens not his load on tedious and lonesome road. He drives and while he drives, he yearns for life’s return; his stomach churns. He knows his hope but can erode on tedious and lonesome road. For the Solitude Contest of scott thirtyseven (Some truck drivers have a very hard and lonely life and it's even worse when they work for companies that couldn't care less about their welfare)

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  1. Date: 11/16/2014 5:25:00 PM
    The solitude of loneliness and doubt....a very troubling place to be alone.

  1. Date: 11/11/2014 9:23:00 AM
    Well written Andrea...Congrats on the win

  1. Date: 11/10/2014 10:46:00 AM
    Ha," the tedious and lonesome road" of life! Nice write.

  1. Date: 11/10/2014 5:39:00 AM
    solitude also makes one feel lonely and one yearns to be with loved ones. congrats.

  1. Date: 11/9/2014 6:28:00 PM
    Congratulations on your fine win.

  1. Date: 11/9/2014 4:11:00 PM
    dropping back with my congrats Andrea:-) hugs jan xx

  1. Date: 11/7/2014 11:50:00 PM
    Wow this poem is one of yours!!! I didn't have a clue, but now I know why it's such a great Kryielle. Anyway Andrea I've finally judged my "Solitude" competition, and while I wait for Soup to post the winners list, when I'll announce it all properly in a blog, I'm letting a few people know how they did. This wonderful poem came at the right time, as in South Australia they are finding too many un-roadworthy trucks that trucking companies are handing their drivers. Wonderful poem, you placed 7th.

  1. Date: 11/1/2014 6:42:00 AM
    This one sounds personal. A superb write.

  1. Date: 9/17/2014 6:18:00 PM
    I'm a truck driver and you only mentioned part of it. the women mentioned in my poem are the first and middle names of my sisters and mother. no body famous just us.

  1. Date: 8/29/2014 1:07:00 AM
    WOW. I just love this. I have a lot of truck drivers in my family. Not all of them living now though - they were definitely GOOD guys, though. Love and prayers, Gina

  1. Date: 8/14/2014 8:21:00 PM
    The white line fever tried to decieve her. But her man returned for what he yearned. You wrote awesome Andrea. :) If you want to hear a good song about trucking by a good band. You can check out Mason Proffit's Hard Luck Woman online. Peace. :)

  1. Date: 8/13/2014 8:03:00 AM
    You have described solitude so well. I like the connection you made between truckers and lonesome cowboys of long ago.

  1. Date: 8/12/2014 6:23:00 AM
    Moving lyric, evoking lament in the reader. Something like an elegy for dreams lost. It conveys solitude for real

  1. Date: 8/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
    Remind me of the song "Truck Driving Man" from the 1970's. You are quite prolific - but without losing quality. Is this about your better half? It is quite a poem! Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 8/11/2014 7:48:00 AM
    A very nice poem. I once had a friend that was a truck driver and his wife went with him. Good luck in the contest... Lucilla

  1. Date: 8/11/2014 3:52:00 AM
    Oh yes my friend, I know of whom your speak...Do you still go with him occasionally?----And the winner is: Andrea!! For her wonderful and well-written Kyrielle! (wild applause, whistles etc.) Come on up Andrea and say a few words to your fans...Your #1 fan and best friend on the Soup Tim Ryerson is sitting right there on the front row...

  1. Date: 8/10/2014 11:00:00 AM
    It is so sad to know that there are employees who work hard & sacrifice a lot for their company and for many but they aren't given so much benefits & this isn't only true to truckers but other field jobs. This is a very touching poem my dearest friend Andrea. Excellently crafted in a perfect form. Thank u so much for sharing! Wish u best of luck always. Tysm as well for your precious time stoppin by on one of my latest poems. God bless! love lots and many big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 8/10/2014 10:37:00 AM
    hE's in a kind of box. I know the sensation. Have a good Sunday. Love, daver

  1. Date: 8/10/2014 1:39:00 AM
    Nice rhyming Andrea..:) and the message wow!

    Guillermo Avatar Olive Eloisa Guillermo
    Date: 8/10/2014 1:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I remember my father not a driver on land but on sea and true he missed allot to our growth as children...
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 1:36:00 AM
    Well done Andrea, with quite a bit of input from your Joe I shouldn't wonder..'

    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich
    Date: 8/10/2014 2:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hubbie is not even aware of this poem (he hates poems). though, yes, the past that he lived influenced what I wrote. today he is still driving but the conditions not nearly as bad as what he had even just last year!!
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