Thursday, March 27, 2014

Love matters--"only #romance of which stories are told makes it worthwhile " #inspiration #poetry

Those who know me at all know that I value love above all things. At the dimming of the day, it is love that binds us and gives us purpose. Whether it is love of family, pets, life, friends, or lovers, we are all better for opening our hearts to both the joy and the pain that love brings to our lives. Today I'm hosting  Dewey Dirks who is sharing a poem before telling us more about his lovely book, "Wildflower: Chronicle of a Soul Mate," which is a true testament to love that transcends time and death. 

Fifty Summer Fling

With people, love affairs, and seasons
All the world through time rolls
Come first tender and warm spring rains
Followed then by summer and fall
Comes next the indifferent winter
When ignorance and amnesia of better times blankets all
Then doing what’s right
Makes you seem the fool

But every so often
Once upon an uncommon time
Two are met of mischievous and heroic delight
All the universe suddenly moves as one
Eyes conspire, and an electric air turns
So schemes the summer to shine for a lifetime

In all the rolling world
There is nothing like the touch of rare lovers
Nothing so good as their fifty year fling
Nothing so passionate as their enchanted embrace
Nothing so charmed as the endless summer in their kiss
Lots of things make this old world go ‘round
But only a romance of which stories are told
Makes it worthwhile

August, 2005

About the book in Dewy's words…


        In the latter half of 2013 my wife, Elaine, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. After a very difficult struggle fighting the disease, she passed away peacefully in her sleep with me by her side early in the morning in late December, 2013. She was only fifty-three years old.  In her last few weeks alive she was able to spend much time with our family which was very important to her because for Laino, family was everything.

            Laino was a very loving mate, mother, and friend. No one could ever ask for a finer partner in life.  She was the kindest person I have ever known and one of the most capable people I've ever met, bar none. It has been an honor to be her mate. We were together for twenty-one years and I've known her for over half my lifetime.  She and I were old hippies and we always wanted to wake up in our eighties and be able to say, “Yea, we shacked up for fifty years.”  I miss her very, very much.

            Laino was one of those people who was always moving in four directions at once and so was able to fit a very great deal into her life.  She was a jack of all trades and was very accomplished. 
In life she had been a bartender, waitress, process server, business owner, loan officer, appraiser, paralegal, caregiver, and patient advocate.  Many times over the years she worked three jobs at once. Through it all she managed to fit time in for our kids and myself every day.

            She is survived by myself, three sisters, two brothers, her son, her step-daughter, two nieces, two nephews, a grandniece and a grandnephew. In life we considered her nieces and nephews as though they were our own children.


“Wildflower” is a collection of all the poetry I've written with Laino and I in mind since just before we began living together in 1992. It is a chronicle of the love between us during  our years with each other.  In years past I didn't write as much poetry as I have in the last ten years, so the collection consists of twenty poems written between 1992 and 2014.  Two of the poems, “The Passing,” and “Ship of Dreams,” aren't specifically about Elaine and I, but are included because I wrote them for her. One is about her mother, Adriene, who passed in 1998, while the other is about Wicket, a pet dog that was dear to us who passed in 2007.

Available now on Amazon

More about the author

Dewey Dirks describes himself as a professional student. He’s attend college twice, studying computer science, philosophy, theology, history, and anthropology and has spent much of his life teaching himself.  Mr. Dirks has been writing for over twenty years. He currently has three books in publication, “The Questioning Way,” “Gunrunner,” and “Wildflower,”  His poetry has been featured in anthologies, magazines, and on popular Internet websites. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his two dogs and four cats.

Readers can view Mr. Dirks’ work on the web on his Wordpress blog, “The Questioning Way.” And on his facebook group, “Art of Life, Live-Love-Learn”


2 comments:

  1. Beautiful poetry from your wife. Thanks for sharing. My mom passed away a few years ago to cancer and also enjoyed writing.

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  2. As a fan of yours on Empire Avenue, I got nosy to see about your book. As a writer, I am going to be looking forward to having my own copy.
    Brave dear heart, bravo.

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