Morris, Ash

United States, (contemporary)

On Buying A New Harley

  1. To buy, or not to buy, that is the question.
  2. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to keep your old Harley,
  3. Or to buy a new and thus end the heart-ache
  4. And the thousand natural shocks that wishing
  5. For a new Twin Cam is heir to?
  6. Tis’ a consummation devoutly to be wish’d.
  7. To buy, to break in; to break in, perchance to break down;
  8. Ay, there’s the rub;
  9. For in that 1000 mile break in period what dreams may come,
  10. When we have shuffled off our proven steed,
  11. Must give us pause: there’s the respect
  12. That makes calamity of so long break-in period;
  13. For who would bear the looks and scorn of other drivers while you ride 55,
  14. The truck drivers wrong, the Yamaha rider’s contumely,
  15. The pangs of dispriz’d schedules, the law’s delay,
  16. The insolence of Gold Wingers, and the spurns
  17. That patient merit of the unworthy Suzukis’ takes,
  18. When he himself might his quietus make
  19. With an older Harley? but, who would fardels bear,
  20. To grunt and sweat pushing an older bike,
  21. But that the dread of not having 20/20 foresight,
  22. The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
  23. No biker returns, — puzzles the will,
  24. And makes us rather bear those maintenence problems we have,
  25. Than fly to others we know not of?
  26. Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all;
  27. And thus the native hue of resolution that all HOG riders possess
  28. Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of timid thought;
  29. And bike trips of great pith and moment,
  30. With this regard, their planning turn awry,
  31. And lose the name of action.

© Ash Morris

About the Poet

Ash Morris, member of the Southeast Tulsa Chapter of Route 66 Harley-Davidson, a resource for motorcycle enthusiasts. [DES-6/03]

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