The Biker's Burial

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    Poem Commentary

    This poem is a true story. If you have never been to a real biker funeral, it is an experience you never will forget. Their funerals are nothing like the funerals most people are accustomed to. I've been to quite a few over the years and sometimes it can be a bit intimidating for the family. This is not intentional, they just generally have never been around a huge crowd of bikers where a very unconventional funeral is taking place and....well you get the picture.

    The Biker's Burial

    We all gathered at the clubhouse
    Where the procession would begin
    The funeral of a brother
    Whose life had met a tragic end

    The club had made the arrangements
    Much to the family’s dismay
    But in his will his wishes were clear
    This was the biker way.

    Three hundred roaring bikes
    A line of rolling thunder
    A sea of leather united
    To put him six feet under.

    As we roared into the grave site
    The family was there to grieve
    Overwhelmed by our arrival
    Began gathering their things to leave.

    I approached a silver haired lady
    “Please, ma’am, don’t leave yet,
    You’re about to witness something
    I promise you never will forget.”

    “They may look a little rough,
     But they’re here out of respect
    They loved your grandson dearly
    This is what he would expect”

    They gathered with us in a circle
    She saw no hole dug in the land
    Then she watched them take the shovels
    And dig his grave by hand.

    Some passed around a bottle
    Others sang Amazing Grace
    But as each one took the shovel
    Tears ran down his face.

    She said “I’ve never seen anything like this,
    And I have never been so touched.”
    She then wiped a tear from a scraggly face
    While his hand she tightly clutched.

    2005

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    stellar commented on The Biker's Burial

    01-14-2011

    this is indeed unusual burial but love the scenes and dramas that takes place...I'm touch...great write! ^_^ v

    julieannetx

    01/16/2011

    Thanks, and that's really how it is done.

    julieannetx commented on The Biker's Burial

    12-03-2010

    Thank you everyone for your comments!

    dahlusion commented on The Biker's Burial

    11-27-2010

    thank you for this in site and your time to write it down.

    dahlusion

    11/29/2010

    i grew up in a biker village in upstate new york and have been to many biker funerals: again, your insight on this event is right on

    kdarcy commented on The Biker's Burial

    11-20-2010

    The swig bit my tongue, eased the arms pain from the shovel- I felt like I was there or should have been. Excellent, with your write at least I didn't totally miss it, be well k

    ginga commented on The Biker's Burial

    11-20-2010

    julie, This poem is absolutely enlightening to one like me, who has never experienced a biker's funeral. ty for the opporyunity to read this and be informed. ginga

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