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Till I Get Her Off My Mind

Updated on June 7, 2013
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With the choppers engine

Roaring beneath my seat and

Black diamond tank

My feet rest on cruise pegs

Of chromed railroad spikes

As I soar like an eagle

Over the next hill and

Around the bend

Of this mountain road


With the wind in my face

I’ll continue this fated ride

With tattooed tears

Till I get her off my mind


White water rapids

Chase me from below

The mighty waters roar

Singing in unison

With the voice of my pipes

A song that carries me

Through these forest shadows

Of redwood and pine

Criss-crossing my paved path


With the wind in my face

I’ll continue this fated ride

With tattooed tears

Till I get her off my mind


Sleeping bag rolled tight

Strapped to the rear

Will be my bed where I lay

On a hard stony bank

Where I’ll drink through the night

Watching snow caps white

Under a million tiny stars

And a dying fire light

Till I wake to the calling open road


With the wind in my face

I’ll continue this fated ride

With tattooed tears

Till I get her off my mind


This canyon road

Seems to travel on

And forever more

And though the chasm

Whispers my name

And my wheels inch ever closer

I hold my course

Over ever climbing rise

And down into green valleys


With the wind in my face

I’ll continue this fated ride

With tattooed tears

Till I get her off my mind


As yellow lines blur

On this dark sable night

I close my eyes

And click off the light

Letting go handle-bars

I raise my hands

But hold tight with my legs

As my bike leaves this land

And I near my journeys end


With the wind in my face

I’ll continue this fated ride

With tattooed tears

Till I get her off my mind



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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the kind compliment Beth.

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      I loved this. You're so very talented.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hey there, Wayne. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Marlin.

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      Wayne, had to come over and read your stuff! loved the biker poem! ........owning a few harleys in my day this one did me good! voted up....and a new follower!

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      Marlin 55 4 years ago from USA

      I thought this was wonderful, Wayne. And the entire time that I was reading it I kept thinking that it would make one helluva song.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Shanmarie. I appreciate the compliment.

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Wow! This nearly had me on the edge of my seat. Kind of like it picked up pace as I kept reading and the refrain seemed to urge it on even more. Very dramatic.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Theresa.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Vellur. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very nicely done Wayne. I tend not to care for poems with a refrain or repeating verse, but I really liked this. Your descriptive imagery is taut and convincing. Good work. Theresa

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A powerful, thrilling poem. My heart kept beating faster as I read your poem. Great write.

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      Daniel James Hinton 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I'll read more my friend when I have more free time in my life, count on it.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Word from my editor. : )

      Alexandra, I am happy to see you here. thank you for the lovely compliments.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Incredible ride, Wayne! Masterful and powerful read!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank's for the visit Daniel, and I appreciate the follow.

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      Daniel James Hinton 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Let me know when you finally get her off your mind. And so shall I. Enjoyed the read, great imagery. (Ps, sorry I just now followed you back.... ;)still working out the kinks in my hub-ability )

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Audrey!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you cleaner!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Wonderful write Wayne!

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great poetry W#ayne.. love the topic and the form ..!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      That's the truth Jose!

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Its funny how a long journey can help you get over things. I remember walking 20 miles in 12 inches of snow when my heart was broken once.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Deb. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This would be incredible set to music, as I am sure that there are plenty of people that can and will identify with these words. Great work! Awesome and up for the way a downtrodden and forgotten soul thinks.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for stopping by Frank! Always appreciate your compliments my friend!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Well nice song ready to be set to music.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wayne barrett this was rip-roaring and explosively good.. loved it bro :)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Anna.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      I really liked this.

      Your poem caught all the freedom, wind in your face and stretching endless road when on a motorbike. Your imagery made it a really visual journey on reading it.

      However, it was also mingling with such pain and a shocking, sad end.

      Excellent.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      My great pleasure, Wayne! Hugs!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Dear Nellieanna. I am so glad I could give you the experience of a ride through the canyons and forests. It truly is a unique feeling...a feeling that has left memorable impressions on my soul that I will never forget.

      I appreciate so much your visit and the kindness that you always leave behind. Blessings to you and yours!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Leslie, you on a customized chopper; now that would be a sight to see! I can just see the wind blowing through your hair. By the way, I used to have hair like yours in the 70's and was going to use that line, but instead I had to use, 'wind in my face', because now that I am buzzed, I would have had to say, 'wind in my stubble', and I'm just not sure how that would have played! hmm, would my goatee count? : )

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....I think I'd better take the 'bear shit' this time because the last time I was in a hot spring of babes I came down with 'wink wink' ..... something that needed a cure from anti-biotics, lol.

      Have a great Sunday with your family . I watched the daybreak and then the sunrise over the lake with my two cats this morning.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      LVidoni, thank you for that bad ass compliment : )

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Tom, as always, I appreciate your kind thoughts and the support. Thank you my Irish friend! : )

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      And a good gosh golly good morning to you Sir Colin! Lol!

      You have such a way of making people feel good with your witty and kind compliments. I think the nicest thing you said is that I have an eclectic style, because that is what I pride myself in. I could not imagine being stuck in a single minded rut, (commonly called 'a niche').

      Like a certain poet that I follow of late known as, The epicolinator of the great white north, who himself strays from the path of the norm in his muse, I prefer to travel off the beaten path. Hey, sometimes you stumble across a natural hot spring full of babes, and sometimes you step in bear shit, but either way you take home a new experience!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Surely the hallmark of a great poet is the ability to portray something the reader has never experienced so that she feels as if she was experiencing it in reading it; and to portray something she has experienced so that she experiences it from an entirely different perspective.

      I've never ridden a motorcycle. I didn't even ride a bicycle, though the feeling of wind in my face, I did love and experience swinging as high as possible for as long as possible, which I loved it as a kid and still do even now. I've experienced camping and canyons. I've experienced amazing stars in the clear night sky - covering the desert, not snow-capped mountains.

      Of course, you've used that imagery to express and illustrate the feelings of yearning, disappointment and near-desperation, which I've experienced; but yours provides a whole-new perspective on it all.

      It's a beautiful, masterful piece of poetry, Wayne. It flows like molten glass over crags and yawning chasms to bring us to an inevitable conclusion we've surmised, but don't wish to see arrive. The refrain gives it its heart-beat, to be surrounded & stopped in that last fateful verse, so musical and compelling, that it almost makes the final implication seem OK somehow.

      Then I awake to be glad it was only a tragic dream! You survived it!! Yea!!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      mmmmm...i adore a diamond tank and cruising pegs! I miss my baby, a girlie harley which i lovingly customized! mmmmmmm....

      must admit - never used it to forget a girl...lol

      love ya wayne!

      keep the rubber on the road!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Vincent. Mine are over as well, but I have some great memories. And I can still feel that wind blowing in my face!

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      Brian Loewer 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Great poem, who says poetry can't be bad ass- not this guy! Awesome work.

      -LV

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very exciting Wayne, don't you dare go anywhere. This one must be voted up. Thank you for sharing.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Gosh darn Sir Wayne that is a title to die for and to have your favorite girl between your legs is a biker's cream, I mean, dream, lol.

      Love your eclectic style - I never know what to expect from you.

      Are you dat guy who wrote the biker anthem - Teddy Bear's picnic, lol , just kidding, no the one for Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride or Born to be Wayne , oh god , 24 hours in your boots would make a man out of little Epi, lol, and about time too.

      Sending you a high five from Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson and Sonny Barger and Hunter S. Thompson and me.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Valleypoet. My riding days are over, but I will always cherish the memories of those rides.

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      In my biking days Wayne I believe I broke a few hearts including mine. But somehow the freedom of the ride, the air in my face, the parks along the lonely highways and camping out always seemed to mend them for me. Wonderful poem my biker friend, although mine are over, I sure as hell enjoyed my suicide bars. lol Voted up and shared.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Kim. I'm sure that there are many of us who have had to ride out that broken heart.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sha. I agree with you. I just wanted to portray the emotions of an individual in this condition.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I have never owned a bike, but this just makes me want to hit the open road and feel the wind in my face...thanks for taking us on this journey Wayne:-))

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      This poem of yours has inspired me! Hmm. . .

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Lurana. I appreciate the visit.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wayne,

      I love this poem. I do not own a motorcycle, but at one time had a Mustang convertible. I can remember some very late nights driving down roads with the top down trying so hard to ease my broken heart.

      Nicely done! With the refrain and rhythm you created, I could so hear the song.

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit, Sherry!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good morning Faith, and thank you for the nice words and the share!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wayne, I miss riding and being in the wind. I was saddened by the ending of this poem. No one is worth taking your own life.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Michael, thank you very much!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      The journey draws you in; tragic and romantic with a very powerful refrain. ~Lurana

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Cat. And don't worry; I've already wrecked that old chopper a long time ago and still here to talk about it.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Will. thank you very much for the visit, Sir!

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      It's beautiful, I love the poem. The imagery is very vivid, but I don't like the end.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my goodness, WOW!!! Awesome, Wayne!!! This write is brilliant . . . "with tattooed tears" . . . really superb piece. My sister loves to ride a Harley, and so I shall make her aware of this to read no doubt!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      I can hear those pipes now, Faith Reaper

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      Michael Valencia 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      very nice! voted up and beautiful.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Don't do it Wayne, we need you! This was very sad and beautiful. Your wonderful descriptions took me on a ride with you, but I was nervous all the while, afraid of what you might do. Some tattoos just won't go way no matter how long the ride, but you must learn to embrace them!

      Impressed as always!

      Cat

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Whoa! Excellent!

      Voted up and everything but funny.