My Honda 305 Dream Motorcycle Tribute

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(We’re Both Vintage Models)

Honda 305 Dreams

My body is a vintage motorcycle I struggle to keep running.
My plug, doesn’t spark like it used to, with that bright eagerness to throw my leg over a saddle and ride baby ride!

My gas tank, too, brimmed once with high-octane spirits, and sped me past the days of my life like trees blurring by the roadside.
Now, my fuel petcock lever sits on Reserve, a finger-flick from Off.

My throttle-blips at Red stoplights belie the go of Green to come. A massive truck grinds up my guts in diesel gears behind!
I kick the shifter down to first, give it gas––my clutch slips–I’m almost lost . . .

My white-wall tires are dingy with the dirt of half-forgotten highways.Their flabby rubber over-pressures the combustion chambers of my heart. My rpms drop, my ignition pulse turns thready, my eyes close like headlights dimming and I dread the final stall to come.

David Floody 2020

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David Floody is a Canadian, Young Adult novelist living and writing in Tofino, British Columbia on the far west coast of Vancouver Island, in breathtaking Clayoquot Sound. His Young Adult novel, THE COLOUR OF PRIDE, is set in 1968, a year after the David witnessed the fires of hatred consume Detroit in a five-day race riot. White fourteen-year-old ballplayer, Frank Phelan, defends and befriends Black teenaged ballplayer, Ellie Fitzgerald, from a brutal racist bully during a crucial game of the 1968 World Series. Frank suffers the worst beating of his life. But his baseball hero, Detroit Tigers player Al Kaline, comes to his and Ellie's rescue. The worst day of his life, becomes the best day of his life, and Kaline gives Frank his own baseball cap with the word "Pride" written on the bill, along with all the Tigers team signatures. _____________ David's forthcoming Young Adult novel, INSECT YOUTH, is a coming-of-age sequel to The Colour of Pride, set two years later. Frank Phelan, now sixteen, discovers first love with the mysteriously beautiful Starr Summers. But when he and Starr aree exploring a deep railway, they have a violent encounter with his enemy, Dixie, and Frank is knocked unconscious. Frank later suspects Starr has been sexually assaulted when she becomes silent and withdrawn, but she will not talk about it. When the law fails him and Starr runs away. Frank is the only one who can deliver justice to the older punk. In that same valley, in the middle of a BB gun war, Frank puts his finger on the trigger of his powerful Perazzi pellet gun with its telescopic sight. Frank has Dixie's face in his crosshairs. If Frank pulls the trigger, he steps across a thousand lines and can never again step back. He whispers Starr's name. "In moment he fires, Frank sees himself reflected in the lens of Dixie's eye."

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