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

6 comments:

Shrewgy said...

Bill,
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 ; )