Poetry By Chuck



Freedom On Wheels

When I crank it, it roars.
When I bank it, it flies.
When I ride it, its freedom.
Its the open air and the sky.

Its polished armor doesn't hide,
the quality of the motors growl.
The layered paint adorns its sides,
With a certain dramatic style.

The miles fly on the highway run.
Its headlight screaming out "Its fun!"
The broken line brings a smile,
In silent memory of each mile.

I crank-it, bank-it, and tank-it.
I open its throttle just a bit.
The seat drops and dirt is spit.
It SCREAMS out at the joy of it.

I'm flying now, out highway bound.
A grimace that's both a smile and frown.
Mistaken by some but really reflects,
The heartfelt joy of just riding it.

Sure its dangerous and completely mad!
Hitting over a hundred with curves ahead.
Yes its probably going to be,
The sudden end of all of me.

Just what could this description be!
A descriptive hell on wheels, you'll see.
Com-on then and ride with me....
Lets go to HELL, on my Harley!

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Author's Questions/Comments
If you don't ride it.  If you don't live it.  If you don't understand it.  It only means your scared of it.... and that makes no sense at all!


 Delicate Lily on Aug 05, 2004, 9:24 
Grab life by the balls, NOT the razor 2297 critiques, 139 poems.

 .........Bugs in my teeth and wind in my hair, flyin down the road without a care!!! WOW!!! Let's GO!!!! MLP...S  

Nocturnal Pleasure on Aug 05, 2004, 11:04 
It SEEMED like a good idea at the time... 198 critiques, 1 poems.

Wow! This is great! You've acheived the impossible, by making it rhyme, while fitting into a nice-flowing rhythm, so well done for that. Although the rhyming pattern changes a lot, it seems to work quite well on this, because it's about being free, and exploring, and moving, and getting a change of scenery, etc. I think it is, anyway. This is really cool, and the rhythm is so fast-paced, which helps to create the right mood and atmosphere - in fact, I felt like I was moving when I read it. It's really powerful, and really well written - and I liked your comment at the end too - very inspirational, and very true. Great poem!  

 genielassie on Aug 05, 2004, 1:06 p.m. 
What is the weight of a solitary word? 5403 critiques, 182 poems.

I love the poem! I love motorcycles too (thus my oldest son being named Harley  ) I remember the first time on one...lol...I didn't do very well at al! I went too fast, lost control, hit a tree and flew!...lol... I was ok, my pride was more damaged than me... it sure knocked the wind out of me though  A great write, very well writtenn, great rhyme scheme and the meter lends a nice flow. Best wishes as always...~genielassie~  

 Touchof1der on Aug 05, 2004, 9:03 p.m. 
Seduce my mind and you can have my body 16138 critiques, 258 poems. 

I think you described the ride perfectly. It's a great feeling, isn't it? This is a great poem. Enjoy your ride!   

 artis on Aug 05, 2004, 10:48 p.m.  
Art is and will be eternally revealing: 7722 critiques, 1275 poems.

head to the wind hurling happily on a harley across the concrete ribbon of our fair nations hair, kissing ner asphalt smile with the long stretch of rubber burning, and there is nothing as free as a man on a machine that riegns supreme...good stuff...Artis   

Lysa on Aug 06, 2004, 7:23 
~Find your place in the lights of Illusions~ 614 critiques, 2 poems.

Awesome Awesome!!! Riding on the wings of freedom. Isn't it funny though...we ride...we adventure...and we lay down at night...or some of us do lol....and think .... God i coulda been killed...that really was scary...only to get back up the next day and do it all over again....You penned this nicely.


Fantine on Aug 06, 2004, 7:53 
On this page............I write my last confession 591 critiques, 31 poems.

Sounds like you're having a blast!!!! I just loved the immagery in here! Such utter freedom to be out there riding!!! Ahhhh I loved it!  


Fool no1 on Aug 06, 2004, 12:42 
If Tomorrow Never Comes 1313 critiques, 154 poems.

Cool!.couldn't a picked a better bike to write about. Yep! says it all! Excellent write  


naturalthing on Aug 12, 2004, 11:51 
no words describe a mothers tears! 114 critiques, 6 poems.
Verdict: i loved it

i've always wanted to ride a harley (the best bike ever) this is a really good poem .

eat dust!


Redneck Cowgirl on Aug 20, 2004, 11:06 
Conquer the world before it conquers you. 81 critiques, 3 poems.

My dad feels the same way about his Harley.