I was 21 and enjoying a long ride with no reason to head home.
I idled up to the old Filling station .
Saw the old man sitting,
with tobacco leaking
from his smile.
I said, "Nice evening isn't it?"
He said, "Nice bike. It's a Harley, right?"
I said, "Sure is."
He stood up, cocked his hat a little
to the right
rubbed his eyes
walked a full circle around
me and the Sporty.
He said that his name was Billy
but folks called him
the " the old man"
depending upon the
Today they will go with Cowboy
We shook hands, like some old friends do.
He told me the fastest thing he ever
rode had four legs. and a mean
disposition before noon.
I asked if he wanted me to take
him for a short putt up the road.
"You won't buck me off the back?"
He spit out his chaw, smiled and
climbed on. I brought up a few
revs to compensate for the
He is busy holding on to his hat.
"Who-o-o-e-e-e this thing is fast."
I never went much more than forty.
He told me there was a campsite
real nice at a nearby state lake.
I told him thanks, that he was
welcome to come by later. I'd
make him a cup of campfire coffee
in a paper cup,
and pretended not
to notice the tears in his eyes.
It may have been the wind,
it was the brief moment
of friendship between two traveled