Drinking Alcohol taught me how to fly
Then it took away the sky....

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NUMBER EIGHT-Teen WHEELS

UNDIQUE

Latin term meaning:
"from all parts, from every quarter
on all sides, on every part
all around, everywhere.."

Expresses being attacked,
no chance of escape.

It is the same feeling I had 
on my scooter yesterday, while...

Riding down the long road
up and down hills
thinking of my loved ones
and how to pay the bills.

Out from nowhere she blows,
storm-of-storms, for me 
drenched through to my bones
so I almost didn't see

overpass, a mile ahead.
Maybe I can swing over--
and under...and
MY GOD, WHERE ALL THESE
F'N TRUCKS GONNA LAND?

Everywhere I see is wheels--
in agreed-on denominations of eighteens
as I'm riding here at 80/per
sitting in biting rains and well-soaked jeans

LATER

Scared? Nah! Well...a little--grin!
Made it to under the next bridge
seven miles beyond. (And ya know what?)
Believe this:
I knelt down on the sidebar of I-95,
thanked God and Flex--I'm still alive.
Also for the shelter, blessed am I.

Flex is my Guardian Angel,
name really "Flexibelle"

The TRUTH? Having more fun than EVER 
could I imagine on this 18-day ride!
Nearly each mile a learning experience
Back home in Naples this weekend.

LOVE and PEACE, Peeps!
--Steve E  (aka steveroni)

Published on "Week #58" in dVERSE

47 comments:

  1. smiles...i guess your guardian angel has a lot of work with your adventure lust..ha...glad everything ended well steve and think i would've knelt down and prayed as well.. have a wonderful time for the remaining days of your journey and give Flexibelle a few days off once you get home...she may need some time to recover...smiles

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    1. As you might 'guess', Claudia...my Flexibelle (name changed yesterday from FLEXIBLE to "FLEXIBELLE", know what I mean--grin!) ALWAYS has a lot of work, and NO DAYS OFF!!! Believe that!

      And I WILL respond to your inquiry--because I have something to say LOL! But in couple days? OK?
      PEACE, Claudia!
      Steve E

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  2. YIKES! Be careful! Great material but you know, careful!!!!k .

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    1. Thanks, Manic-Peep!
      I am careful (Ha!), sometimes make bad timing choices.

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  3. ha...glad your angel is watching out for you man....and stay safe out there....make sure you pick up your laundry too, just saying...smiles.....be well brother....and get home safe!

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    1. OK, Okay, and OH KAYYYY!

      Laundry? What laundry?
      OH! THAT! Yup!
      Taken care of, my friend!

      Reminded me of when I was dragged into my first AA meeting--like a bag of dirty laundry. They told me I should go out and drink some more--I had made up my mind to NOT do whatever they told me...and so I stayed sober, in 'SPRITE' of myself and 'them', 'they', 'those', etc.

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    1. Thank you Ms Haiku-Girl!
      YOU are X-pert, Ma'am.
      PEACE!

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  5. Oh, so glad that you're safe and I imagine the water being thrown off the tires of those 18 wheelers wasn't much fun at all. I, too, would have sought the security of my knees at a time like that. Keep seeing the positive and enjoying the journey.

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    1. YOU KNOW IT, GIRL!

      But so long as I remembered "Wheel Down, Handle Bars UP!" everything OK!
      WET 'N WILD I should have named today's Dverse.
      Thanks for being here always, I LIKE!
      PEACE!
      Steve E

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  6. Take care Steve and enjoy the last days of summer ~

    Cheers ~

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    1. Yup, Heaven, the last days!
      OUR BEST days, though, are in the "...ber" months
      in Naples, that is.
      PEACE!

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  7. Glad your angel is watching over you...have fun and be safe.

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    1. Thanks Ayala! I happen to really BELIEVE in angels...not just a figment, etc. But maybe you knew that.
      PEACE!

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  8. Thank goodness. Have a wonderful time and stay safe. :)

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    1. For YOU! I stay safe--grin! (For me, too.)
      Thanks, Laurie.

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  10. It's so great to be back here after so long. You write so well! Please try writing less wonderful so that I'd get words to describe.

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  11. I am already totally scared of bikes....... I don't own one, yet I feel as though I shall die on one. This poem does not help dissolve my fear, but well written, sir!

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    1. John, I usually say (to my wife, when she 'talks' like you) the cop will come to the door and say, "I'm sorry he's dead Ma'am...but want you to know--there was a smile on his face, as if he was happy, even in dying."

      And that's the truth.

      Thank you for being here.
      PEACE!

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  12. You sure seemed to have lots of fun :-)

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    1. Yesss, I have fun. Looks like you also have fun with "Three-Words" and you write easy and well.
      Thanks!
      PEACE!

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  13. Hey Steve,
    Those 18 wheels have me scared enough to stay off the Highways and in the rain no less. I think you'll ride in a lot of rain and have rain once you get back to Florida. ISAAC is on the way. Just in time for our Saturday Picnic. Might be a soggy one. Stay safe and I'll continue to keep you on my list of prayers to Flexible et al.

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    1. MARY!!!
      Glad to see you here, Peep!
      It has rained EVERY Sat picnic in August so far.
      See you there! (I'll probably ride.) Isaac, you say?
      I'll take a look, didn't know we had a threat.
      Bye.
      CUL8R
      PEACE!

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  14. Yup I can relate to that vivid tale!!! Wheew- breathe again! and yes the Thankyou's fly forth as butterflies, dragonflies, indeed- thanks for sharing.

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  15. Nearly each mile a learning experience.

    how long is a mile?

    is how much you have learned!

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    1. A mile is a word between two "S's".

      SmileS. It ends when I wish...or before!--grin!
      PEACE!

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  16. I like the rhythm to this, Steve. It sounds like it's keeping the beat of the white lines on the road. And I love the name Flexibelle!

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    1. I like that you like, Patti. Thank you.
      PEACE!

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  17. Steve love the fact that you are so adventurous
    "Still crazy after all..."
    Glad Flex and God are keeping eyes on you!!!!

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    1. Hello Girl!
      You OK? Stay loose.
      Thanks for coming by.
      Read your post--
      You express yourself SO WELL!!!
      PEACE!
      Steve E

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  18. You sound like a teenager having a great times, and your angel watching, keeping guard. We would be surprised if we knew how much we are actually kept safe. Is that Napoli Italy??? or in the U.S.?

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    1. US...I FEEL like a teenager sometimes, girl. But soon reality sets in. But I REFUSE TO SIT and wait for the end of human life. Rather LIVE it, LOVE it!
      No Matter What! JOY reigns!
      PEACE!

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  19. smiles...looking forward to your reply..just wanted to tell you that i'm already back home from zürich...see....haha...hope your trip is going well..Flexibelle..smiles...yes..i get that

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    1. Just rode into Naples Florida (US) home two hours ago. All is well. Reply has been sent...encrypted, of course (I mean--it IS in English--grin!)
      Wonder if you ever tire of journeys, they are for work?
      Blessings, pretty-girl--grin!

      My trip was best ever, I'm soaking in some sweet memories right now, get it all sorted out...
      Bye
      PEACE!

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  20. encrypted but i understood.....thanks....think i never get tired of traveling...was a work trip today...ok...look at my new avatar..ha...smiles

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    1. Obvious that you love being "on the go", from the way you write about plaves you have been.

      New Avatar!

      Hey girl I'M the one smiling also here! Lookin' GOOD! Much better IMO! We'll see what the Peeps say about it.
      In either case,
      PEACE!

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  21. uuuppps..now it should show...

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  22. You do laundry on those rides...what happened to just going out and buying new duds? I can just see you trying to find a spot in the midst of all those trucks..

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    1. Actually, my 'laundry' consisted of drying everything
      --EVERYTHING! The 'washing' happened between those trucks
      in a cloudburst!

      Hey, where you been? I've missed you, girl!
      PEACE!

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  23. Adventurous and lucky hermit you are!
    Good there is always a bridge to shelter good (crazy) peeps!

    Take care, Steve.
    ;-)

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  24. Dulce,
    I'll admit to Adventurous and crazy, but
    Lucky?
    Hermit?
    Hmmmmmmm...

    Thanks anyway for dropping by, always a pleasure
    PEACE!
    Insane-a-roni
    Take Care, YOU!

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