Sunday, June 17, 2007

Another Biker Has Gone Down

I'm sorry friends that I can't be with you to celebrate today

If you're all gathered round and reading this, I've probably passed away

but if I were there I'd tell you not to shed a tear or frown

I'd tell you just to simply say, another Biker has gone down.

If I were there I'd tell you that I had a wonderful life,

That I loved my kids and family and especially my wife.

I loved all my drinking buddies and all my life-long friends

I'd raise a toast to all of you, "May your party never end."

If I were there I'd tell you how I loved the the small blue highways

How I loved the curving mountain roads, loved to ride the back-road byways.

And how I loved it "in the wind", loved it when that engine rumbled,

and the biker friends who rode with me and would help me when I stumbled.

You are amongst my dearest friends, brothers and sisters of the road,

We've traveled many miles together, shared many heavy loads.

If I could be there, we'd laugh and share the memories from our past,

and this gathering would be just one more tale, another story, not our last.

But today I can't be with you, except in your hearts and memory stores

So you'll have to laugh, lift a glass to me, then let your engines roar.

Please smile and do not shed a tear, wipe away that silly frown.

I'm off upon that final ride, another Biker who has gone down.

2007 Bill "uglicoyote" Davis


Shrewgy said...

Are you the author of this? Someone recently had to read this at a friends service. They did not know the author. It is wonderful.

Uglicoyote said...

Yes, I wrote this about three years back.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Reminds me of my own friend lost last year. He is missed out on the road and in our hearts. And I can hear him speaking those same words. Thank you.

Hilary said...

Hi Bill, Tragically my father-in-law was killed on his motorbike June 4th (England)at the grand age of 89 yrs. (yes, he was still riding)I found your poem & my son read it at his funeral service. I could'nt have put into words anything better about him, it was like he had wrote it himself.Just wanted to say thankyou for sharing this beautiful poem with us.
RIP Henry.
Hilary x

Anonymous said...

This tribute was printed out and placed out at my Grandfathers funeral reception. Reading this makes me miss him dearly, I thank you for writing this. Your tribute to the bikers community had really touched my heart.

Paul Price said...

This is an excellent poem ; )