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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: 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!!
  1. Date: 8/10/2014 12:43:00 AM
    I need to go to bed! WOW! when I first glanced at this title, I thought it said" Trucker JOE LAMBERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!what the Crap! Anyways, I must be CooKoo! This is a cool little rhyme from the eyes of your Joe I presume! Soupmail

  1. Date: 8/9/2014 11:29:00 PM
    Wow! Well written! You really know how to paint a picture with words.

  1. Date: 8/9/2014 7:23:00 PM
    this is so beautifully written, andrea! you are such a master (mistress?) of this type of poem - no one does it better...

  1. Date: 8/9/2014 6:04:00 PM
    I used to work for a trucking company, years ago; those truckers...when they came in, you couldn't shut them up; every day, new stories arrived, which made it more difficult to post their gas card charges, in the system. A wonderful poem that rings so true.

  1. Date: 8/9/2014 3:50:00 PM
    this is excellent Andrea it is a lonesome and often heartless life as they battle their way from A to B they are the new warriors on the block gl in contest hugs

  1. Date: 8/9/2014 1:55:00 PM
    Love the title! Reminds me of The Cowboy's Lament (AKA, the Streets of Laredo), but truckers are, to no small degree, the cowboys of today (except for the traffic). I enjoyed this one very much and I'm sure he did, too.

  1. Date: 8/9/2014 10:05:00 AM
    Oh this is so special i could go on and on...even growing up in the uk,,our minds were filled with the crap of hollywood,,,somehow never wanting to portray the working class of the the usa,,,,this poet is so symbolic Andrea, a message in fact one of we all have had to struggle to make our way or ways in live... oh Victoria Terrace is one of my favourite poems,,,,,

  1. Date: 8/9/2014 9:16:00 AM
    What a touching picture you have painted with all the colors and pros and cons of these lonely travelers of the long unending Roads. What they get and what they face and pay as a part of their daily life are often shocking. May be such a poem opens the eyes of those who takes such works form these hard working truck drivers. They really sacrifice a lot and their gains are very meager. A beautiful write dear friend. My good wishes for your contest entry. Love and Best Wishes Ravindra K Kapoor

    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich
    Date: 8/9/2014 9:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks so much, Ravindra.