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  • View author's info posted on Apr 21, 2006 21:08


    Luv2Ride99 write:
    I wrote your name on a piece of paper, but by accident threw it away.

    Then I wrote your name on my hand, but you know, it wouldn't stay.

    I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves whisked it out to sea.

    I wrote your name in my heart and forever it will stay with me.

    Very nice.
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  • View author's info posted on Apr 11, 2006 18:49


    First Light
    By (me)



    It's morning as my eyes greet the first dim light of day. My mind slowly makes it's way from the fog of the previous night's stasis, to a level of just enough conscience thought in order to find my way into the shower so that I may begin my day ah new. But the thought of what this day is requires no introduction to this morn. For indeed I've been waiting a near eternity for this particular morning to begin. As I rise to my feet I stretch long and slow as muscles begin to come to life. Perhaps not with the ease they once did when my body was that of a younger man, but to life they come none the less. To the shower I go to help this process along. For today I will need all these muscles working for me, because today is a special day.

    The hot steaming water feels good as it spreads all over my body, chasing the soap bubbles across my skin and down the drain, along with the lethargic state of mind I normally find myself in this time of day. I can feel the steam caressing through my sinuses, clearing my head and bringing my thoughts to life one by one. But there is only one main thought on my mind this morn. So the shower will have to come to an end just a little sooner once it has done it's job in awaking my remaining muscles. On the bathroom counter my cloths await me, just where I staged them the previous night in preparation for today. Black T-shirt, blue jeans, warm socks, all required attire for the day's activity.

    Into the kitchen I follow my nose to the smell of fresh coffee. I pour my first cup and watch the amber liquid flow smoothly into the waiting ceramic. As it cools, the steam circles upward, quietly dissipating in the morning light, while I prepare the rest of my attire for the day. To the closet I go, where my winter coat is kept. But the coat will stay this day, my target this morning is on the top shelf. After retrieving them from where they have been carefully stored, I unrole the brown leather chaps that have been so patiently waiting these long winter months. Next, my helmet joins the trio, inside the gloves that are, like the rest, an intricate necessity. They will not only warm and protect my hands from the cold nip of the wind, but also will protect against the sudden impact of an insect. After a draw on my cup of jo, the taste of which no morning would be complete without, I sit in my chair to pull on the boots that have been patiently waiting with the rest of my leather on sombo. A little stiff from a winter of sitting in the closet, but that will soon pass. Once in the garage, I roll open the door and push 700 pounds of Milwaukee iron, highlighted with generous amounts of chrome, all of which glisten like the crown jewels themselves, into the driveway. Once in the open, I check my fuel level, tire pressure, and an assortment of other necessary items prior to bringing my sleeping old friend to life once again. Satisfied that all is well, I turn the petcock to "On," and the tank switch to "Ignition." With that, an assortment of lights tell me all is well. Once the final light extinguishes letting me know the machine has finished it's own checks and is ready as well, I depress the start button and feel my heart race and my blood surge while eighty-eight cubic inches of V-twin roars to life. Music in perfect harmony, s$x on two wheels, I love this sound best of all.

    Back in the house to get ready, I find the leather that I have previously neatly laid out on the couch, and begin to don my riding attire. The leather chaps to protect my legs from rocks an insects impacting at 70 plus miles per hour. A hooded sweat shirt for warmth, since winter has not yet fully let go it's grip on the land. Over that, my brown leather jacket, together all feeling as though I was wearing them but yesterday. I return outside to my purring steed, now completely awakened and ready for the journey. On goes my helmet, which after 30 years of riding I've had good reason to always include as a necessity stemming from both my own experiences, and those of others. Some of which ride with me now in spirit alone...

    One leg over the saddle, both hands on the grips, I settle into a custom fit all my own. After adjusting my mirrors for optimal viewing, with a gloved hand I pull in the clutch. A gentle nudge with my left toe, and the re-assuring "click" tells me we are ready. With a little finesse back out goes the clutch, and with a corresponding twist of the throttle, we're in motion my steed and I. Through city streets it's a gentle cruise, it's Saturday and the little town has not yet reason to be up and about just yet, so remains in slumber. Once to the highway, and after looking up and down the visible stretch of blacktop, I'm satisfied the road is all mine. With a crack of the throttle, a gentle lean to the right, and five short gears later, my sled and I are once again together in the wind!

    Under me the purr of power caresses my entire body, starting with my thighs and arse. I watch as the sun just begins to peak over the distant mountains looking onto the highway to see a lone motorcycle cruising it's length. The land around me comes to life as I pass, a Red-Tailed hawk flies low over a field hunting it's breakfast as I pass by, seemingly unshaken by the sound of my pipes. The brisk morning air breaks over my body, invigorating my senses. The smell of the land filling my nostrils as it swirls within my helmet. I've waited all winter for this moment! Yes, the first ride of the season has begun...
  • View author's info posted on Apr 09, 2006 13:57


    Sorry for the length on that last one. Given the time of year, I thought it might fit in with how allot of my fellow bikers are feeling about now.

    I hope you enjoyed my scribbling's.

    "Rubber Down"
  • View author's info posted on Mar 30, 2006 17:02


    WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
    A POEM FOR LILY

    this poem my nephew wrote for his two month ole baby that passed away in dec.05

    when the wind blows i will see your face
    i will think of you and gods amazing grace.

    you will be with me every step of the way
    i will think of you each and every day

    deep inside my heart that is where you are
    youre always close by and never too far.

    you were a gift from god sent to us with love
    a love that can only come from heaven up above.

    as i write this poem tears i cannot hide
    today you play with angels with god right by your side.

    until im with you there in that heavenly place
    when the wind blows lily .i will see your face.
  • View author's info posted on Mar 28, 2006 09:25


    I just received this via email from a friend and it seemed to hit the mark with allot of the individual philosophies on this site, myself included. With that thought in mind, I thought I would share it with you all. I have no idea who wrote it, or when.
    _____________________________________________ __________________________
    I read of a man who stood to speak
    At the funeral of a friend.
    He referred to the dates on her tombstone
    From the beginning... to the end.

    He noted that first came her date of birth
    And spoke the following date with tears,
    But he said what mattered most of all
    Was the dash between those years. (1934 - 1998)

    For that dash represents all the time
    That she spent alive on earth.
    And now only those who loved her
    Know what that little line is worth.

    For it matters not, how much we own;
    The cars... the house... the cash,
    What matters is how we live and love
    And how we spend our dash.

    So think about this long and hard.
    Are there things you'd like to change?
    For you never know how much time is left,
    That can still be rearranged;

    If we could just slow down enough
    To consider what's true and real,
    And always try to understand
    The way other people feel.

    And be less quick to anger,
    And show appreciation more
    And love the people in our lives
    Like we've never loved before.

    If we treat each other with respect,
    And more often wear a smile,
    Remembering that this special dash
    Might only last a little while.

    So, when your eulogy's being read
    With your life's actions to rehash,
    Would you be proud of the things they say
    About how you spent your dash?
  • View author's info posted on Mar 27, 2006 22:41


    Luv2Ride99 write:
    In dreams we meet
    my breath
    is your breath
    my heart, your heart.

    A merging so complete
    that we know not
    where one ends
    and the other begins.

    A sweetness so sublime
    you can almost taste it
    we are one
    if only for a moment.

    And even in parting
    a link remains,
    ethereal, caressing
    but never constricting.


    Very nice. I could feel the intamacy as I read through this one. Thanks for share'n!
  • View author's info posted on Mar 10, 2006 18:55


    nittekitten write:

    some of us aren't quite lucky enough to have such eloquence of word as yourself. i have a deep respect for that.

    Perhaps not everyone, but after all isn't art a form of self expression? And writing is art. I've always believed that written expression, and the ability to put down on paper feelings, and emotions so that others can feel pain, sorrow, happiness, and quiet reflection is an art unto itself. Eloquence of style is uniquely individual to each and every writer, as are the brush strokes of each and every painter. A writer paints a picture within the minds of those who experience the words, while conveying emotions to the reader, similar to a painter's picture. Your words clearly come from the heart, and easily paint a picture of emotion, and quiet reflection. So grant me this one favor if you would be so kind. Never put down your pen, as I'm certain it still contains within it many more words all very eloquently arranged in order to paint many more pictures within the minds eye.

    And in the mean time, "Thanks for share'n!"
  • View author's info posted on Mar 09, 2006 09:34


    nittekitten write:
    no title
    (by me)

    When love was lost
    This empty shell of my soul
    Wanders in silence

    And the beat of my heart
    Was but an image
    Of my emotions
    Falling deeply
    In this pool of living
    We call life


    I could see much inner pain in this one. Very nice job of getting it down on paper.
  • View author's info posted on Mar 08, 2006 19:17


    My apologies to the group if I loaded things up abit. I tend to save words that get my attention.
  • View author's info posted on Mar 08, 2006 19:17


    Simply Steps
    (By Me)


    Steps, always steps. Here, there, everywhere steps! Is not life nothing more than simply yet another row of steps to which we all must climb? Some climb higher than others, while still yet others find ways to side-step life's pre-ordained little steps. There are those that have been accused of cheating fate by somehow being able to stay one step ahead of the game as it were. I suppose its sometimes good to simply face up to ones deepest fears and step up to the plate. While serving in the military I was forever being told I was out of step. I suppose I have always been one to step to the beat of a different drum...

    Goodness, will you look at the time! I must step lively least I get stepped upon! So if you'll please pardon my sudden rudeness, I must be stepping out...
  • View author's info posted on Mar 08, 2006 19:16


    Infinite Sky
    (By Me)

    Look upon me for I am the night
    Gaze unto my endless sky filled with countless shards of light
    Stand in wonderment of my vastness, for I am older than time itself,
    And I am limitless in my bounds
    I am infinity itself
    I am both poetry in motion, and contemplation in silence
    I am death, and I am life,
    I hold many secrets, yet I share many wonders
    My movement is irrelevant, my motion but a blur, or a painting frozen in place
    Look deep into my eyes and view creation itself
    I was your mother, I will be your reaper
    I judge not, I simply "do"
    I am the night, as I am the day.
    Your loyalty matters not to me, I have no need of followers
    I was hear when you emerged from dust,
    I will see you return to dust

    Gaze unto me whilst you ponder your own destiny,
    For I am the night...
  • View author's info posted on Mar 08, 2006 19:16


    Adrenalin Fix
    (By Me)


    The purr of machine beneath me,
    the gathering roar of the wind before me.

    I push in the clutch, pull back the stick, and I'm off to yet another level of self awareness, and a deeper essence of being..

    Round a corner, then another, brake, swing, dive, accelerate, again, again, again!

    My heart races faster, I feel the energy building inside, my thoughts begin to flash like lightning in a summer storm, ever building, ever faster.

    We are one, we feel one another's mood, sharing the emotion of the moment.
    Striate away, another gear, another level! Faster still!

    Ours is a symbiotic relationship of man and machine in its purist form.

    What ever it was that was clouding my thoughts, or making me angry before seems to steadily be disappearing in my rear view mirror, far behind me in my wake.

    My machine and I, for this moment, we are one...

    Step aside mortals, for we were both made for this moment!

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  • View author's info posted on Mar 08, 2006 18:56


    The Invitation

    It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
    I want to know what you ache for
    and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

    It doesn't interest me how old you are.
    I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
    for love
    for your dream
    for the adventure of being alive.

    It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
    I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
    if you have been opened by life's betrayals
    or have become shrivelled and closed
    from fear of further pain.

    I want to know if you can sit with pain
    mine or your own
    without moving to hide it
    or fade it
    or fix it.

    I want to know if you can be with joy
    mine or your own
    if you can dance with wildness
    and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
    without cautioning us to
    be careful
    be realistic
    remember the limitations of being human.

    It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me
    is true.
    I want to know if you can
    disappoint another
    to be true to yourself.
    If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
    and not betray your own soul.
    If you can be faithless
    and therefore trustworthy.

    I want to know if you can see Beauty
    even when it is not pretty
    every day.
    And if you can source your own life
    from its presence.

    I want to know if you can live with failure
    yours and mine
    and still stand at the edge of the lake
    and shout to the silver of the full moon,
    "Yes."

    It doesn't interest me
    to know where you live or how much money you have.
    I want to know if you can get up
    after the night of grief and despair
    weary and bruised to the bone
    and do what needs to be done
    to feed the children.

    It doesn't interest me who you know
    or how you came to be here.
    I want to know if you will stand
    in the centre of the fire
    with me
    and not shrink back.

    It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom
    you have studied.
    I want to know what sustains you
    from the inside
    when all else falls away.

    I want to know if you can be alone
    with yourself
    and if you truly like the company you keep
    in the empty moments.

    ~Author Unknown~
  • View author's info posted on Mar 08, 2006 18:53


    An Old Man's Winter Night

    All out of doors looked darkly in at him
    Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars,
    That gathers on the pane in empty rooms.
    What kept his eyes from giving back the gaze
    Was the lamp tilted near them in his hand.
    What kept him from remembering what it was
    That brought him to that creaking room was age.
    He stood with barrels round him -- at a loss.
    And having scared the cellar under him
    In clomping there, he scared it once again
    In clomping off; -- and scared the outer night,
    Which has its sounds, familiar, like the roar
    Of trees and crack of branches, common things,
    But nothing so like beating on a box.
    A light he was to no one but himself
    Where now he sat, concerned with he knew what,
    A quiet light, and then not even that.
    He consigned to the moon, such as she was,
    So late-arising, to the broken moon
    As better than the sun in any case
    For such a charge, his snow upon the roof,
    His icicles along the wall to keep;
    And slept. The log that shifted with a jolt
    Once in the stove, disturbed him and he shifted,
    And eased his heavy breathing, but still slept.
    One aged man -- one man -- can't keep a house,
    A farm, a countryside, or if he can,
    It's thus he does it of a winter night.

    -Robert Frost
  • View author's info posted on Mar 08, 2006 18:42


    Luv2Ride99 write:
    And back atcha, bb! that was really beautiful.


    Thanks, that's always been one of my faverites. Since you posted yours, here are a couple of my own scribblings.
  • View author's info posted on Mar 06, 2006 00:48


    Nice bit of word smithing Luv2Ride, thanks for sharing.
  • View author's info posted on Mar 06, 2006 00:45


    The Highwayman
    by
    English Poet

    Alfred Noyes 1880-1958



    Part One

    The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
    The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
    The road was a ribbon of moonlight, over the purple moor,
    And the highwayman came riding
    Riding-riding-
    The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

    He'd a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
    A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin;
    They fitted with never a wrinkle: his boots were up to the thigh!
    And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
    His pistol butts a-twinkle,
    His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.

    Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard,
    And he tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred;
    He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
    But the landlord's black-eyed daughter,
    Bess, the landlord's daughter,
    Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

    And dark in the old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
    Where Tim the ostler listened; his face was white and peaked;
    His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay,
    But he loved the landlord's daughter,
    The landlord's red-lipped daughter,
    Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say -

    "One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I'm after a prize to-night,
    But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
    Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
    Then look for me by moonlight,
    Watch for me by moonlight,
    I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way."

    He rose upright in the stirrups; he scarce could reach her hand,
    But she loosened her hair i' the casement! His face burnt like a brand
    As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast;
    And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
    (Oh, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)
    Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the West.

    Part Two

    I

    He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
    And out o' the tawny sunset, before the rise o' the moon,
    When the road was a gypsy's ribbon, looping the purple moor,
    A red-coat troop came marching-
    Marching-marching-
    King George's men came marching, up to the old inn-door.

    II

    They said no word to the landlord, they drank his ale instead,
    But they gagged his daughter and bound her to the foot of her narrow bed;
    Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!
    There was death at every window;
    And hell at one dark window;
    For Bess could see, through the casement, the road that he would ride.

    III

    They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest;
    They bound a musket beside her, with the barrel beneath her breast!
    "Now keep good watch!" and they kissed her.
    She heard the dead man say-
    Look for me by moonlight;
    Watch for me by moonlight;
    I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way!

    IV

    She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good!
    She writhed her hands till here fingers were wet with sweat or blood!
    They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like years,
    Till, now, on the stroke of midnight,
    Cold, on the stroke of midnight,
    The tip of one figure touched it! The trigger at least was hers!

    V

    The tip of one finger touched it; she strove no more for the rest!
    Up, she stood up to attention, with the barrel beneath her breast,
    She would not risk their hearing; she would not strive again;
    For the road lay bare in the moonlight;
    Blank and bare in the moonlight;
    And the blood of her veins in the moonlight throbbed to her love's refrain

    VI

    Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horse-hoofs ringing clear;
    Tlot-tlot, tlot-tlot, in the distance? Were they deaf that they did not hear?
    Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
    The highwayman came riding,
    Riding, riding!
    The red-coats looked to their priming! She stood up strait and still!

    VII

    Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night
    Nearer he came and nearer! Her face was like a light!
    Her eyes grew wide for a moment; she drew one last deep breath,
    Then her finger moved in the moonlight,
    Her musket shattered the moonlight,
    Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him-with her death.

    VIII
    He turned; he spurred to the West; he did not know who stood
    Bowed, with her head o'er the musket, drenched with her own red blood!
    Not till the dawn he heard it, his face grew grey to hear
    How Bess, the landlord's daughter,
    The landlord's black-eyed daughter,
    Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.

    IX

    Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky,
    With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high!
    Blood-red were his spurs i' the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat,
    When they shot him down on the highway,
    Down like a dog on the highway,
    And he lay in his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat.

    X

    And still of a winter's night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
    When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
    When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
    A highwayman comes riding-
    Riding-riding-
    A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.

    XI

    Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard,
    And he taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred;
    He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
    But the landlord's black-eyed daughter,
    Bess, the landlord's daughter,
    Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.
  • View author's info posted on Dec 31, 2005 18:24


    REINCARNATION

    We are as a drop of water,
    Fallen from the sky.
    Lost, yet not alone.
    As we search and try.
    To find a true path,
    Back to the heavens.
    Through endless ways,
    Of morals and lessons.
    Some go quickly,
    As they turn to the light.
    Others must stay,
    To work and fight.
    Through the soil and rock.
    Of everyday life.
    A harsh and seemingly,
    Endless strife.
    Traveling across acres,
    And acres of earth,
    Twisting and turning,
    And seeking their worth.
    Gathering in trickles,
    And puddles and streams.
    Increasing in numbers,
    And gravitational means.
    Some are lost,
    And unable to find.
    The will, detennination,
    And strength of mind.
    That all of us need,
    To forge ahead.
    With Purpose and meaning,
    In what we've said.
    To keep us flowing,
    As rivers and streams.
    To a greater awareness,
    An ocean of dreams.
    Then to rise from the depths,
    Of all that are there.
    With the warmth of the light,
    Lifted high into the air.
    Where once again,
    A drop you form.
    To fall again,
    Lost and forlorn.

    TWO WHEEL FEELING

    To feel the wind in my face,
    And the earth at my side.
    Unobstructed vision,
    Where ever I ride.
    The hills, the valleys,
    The trees and the grass.
    All these things,
    I see as I pass.
    To turn, to bank,
    To cut through the air.
    To lean and press,
    As fast as I dare.
    With grace and balance,
    I smoothly flow.
    Around each bend,
    Still faster I go.
    Manuevering each turn,
    With the road at my feet.
    Not against you,
    But myself I compete.
    Feeling every inch,
    Of road that I cross.
    Showing the road,
    And myself who's boss.
    Of the powerful machine,
    I hold in my hands.
    As I travel far,
    Across many lands.
    Seeing and feeling,
    The natural beauty there.
    Touching and knowing,
    And breathing the air.
    Every mile that goes by,
    Has something to say.
    To make it worthwhile,
    Each and every day.
    As I travel, And ride,
    With confidence, And pride.
    Anywhere and everywhere,
    I should happen to choose.
    Meander, race, Ramble. or cruise,
    For my two wheels,
    Will always take me.
    To all the places,
    I care to be.
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