A Write To Ride

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Dedicated it to my father William 'Bill' Ricci 1942-2007

A Write To Ride

I've been riding motorcycles since I was five,

Pickup trucks and tractors since the age of ten.

The state said,"She needs a valid driver's liscence!"

Daddy just laughed, shook his head and said,"Yah~since when?"

One thing Daddy didn't count on,

Years ago, when he taught me to ride.

'The apple don't fall far from the tree.'

~Just like him, I have a wild side.

Through my adolescent years,

I got to know the town cops well.

Sometimes a warning or two, here and there,

Sometimes, hundred dollar bail, or- a cell!

So, here's alittle story,

Of a day, I followed my wild heart.

Threw on my cutoff jeans and T-shirt,

Grabbed my dirt-bike, and jumped the kick-start.

Down the hill and through the fields,

Past the tree where sunflowers grow.

Onto the trail where I often ride,

To a place of butterflies, I know.

As the wind tickles my face;

With the motor's gallop song.

On impulse I change my path,

Going where I don't belong.

Although, Daddy warned

~A thousand, plus times;

"Tammy Jo, don't cross that highway!"

I know it's those hills, I MUST climb.

Now, I have broken these rules,

Many times, I must admit.

To get to that swimming hole,

This time..they'll be no regret!

I shift into fourth,

Approaching the highway looks clear.

Like a bat out of moses I ride,

Hey, speed always chases away fear!

I blow through the county road,

Fueled with an Evel Knievel soul.

Suddenly, I hear cherry sirens,

Look back, and laugh at whose on patrol!

The town sheriff, I know him quite well.

Around here, we call him 'Captain Big Gun'.

Back in the day, he chased Daddy.

Dad always said,"He's to fat to run!"

I jump over the creek bed,

~and he splashes across.

This time he's out for blood,

Just to prove he's the boss.

On my tail he rides me close,