Bakcroad Revival, a poem

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In addition to working as an architect, writer and teacher, it seems as if resident intellectual Carter Edman is a bit of a poet as well. This one’s about riding fast down a twisty road. — Ed.

They say strait is the gate
and narrow the way,

But I like a twisted black tarmac, kinky –
A road that’s old and tricky,
Angles & dangles & Argentine tangos.
I fandango like Django,
Bullfighter veronicas and
Delayed apex instant gratification.
Juvenile justification.

A one-man revival
on a Pennzylvania bakcroad
Tryin to keep ahead of the debbil.

Try to flow
and go slow
to go fast.
Third into second, a whine
On the decline
No sudden moves, Jake.
Engine brake, trail brake,
A sweeper turns to a hairpin,
Too hot coming in,
I’m over the yellow.
A blind truck, I’d be dead.
Lucky this time.

Look through the sun-glare
Into the shadow
And twist it on.
Knee down, like as if to pray,
“Sweet Jeezus, don’t let the gravel git me”
“Lead us hot into temptation,
And deliver us some evil.”

Who is Carter Edman? An architect and writer in Cleveland. He teaches “Motorcycles and American Culture” at Case Western Reserve University. He is also an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church and can perform marriages in the State of Ohio and at sea. Carter rides a modified 2008 Triumph Bonneville.

You can follow the Moto Sapiens twitter feed.
Carter also tweets Things that I know to be True.
And writes as Richard Parker.

  • jasinner

    Love it. For some reason it is hard to express the thrill of bikes via words but you nail it. Also “bakcroad” typo or no?

    • http://twitter.com/moto_sapiens Carter Edman

      “bakcroad” is correct. “Backroad” in the title is a typo. I considered using “bakcrode,” but it was getting muddy.

  • JBB2

    Nice, Carter.

    While we’re talking about m/c poetry, can I recommend two fine volumes by Ed Milich, Wrenched and Fueled?

    http://www.wrenchedbook.com

    ww.fueledbook.com

    • http://twitter.com/moto_sapiens Carter Edman

      Thanks for the lead!

  • di0genes

    hmmm. Maybe Edman should quit while he is ahead, or this could be next ;
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Face_upon_the_Barroom_Floor#Poem