Lyrical Somerville – 8/18

On August 19, 2010, in Community/Arts, by The Somerville Times

Marc D. Goldfinger has been published by more places than he can remember. He’s the Poetry Editor and a regular columnist for the Spare Change News, a member in good standing of the Highway Poets. Goldfinger grew up in hell, conned the devil into letting him out and now works for deviant angels. He’s happily married and can be seen dancing in the streets at 2 in the morning, humming a few bars of the “Eulogy For Lenny Bruce” by Nico. Goldfinger understands that song.

BSA 441
by Marc “Moshe” D. Goldfinger

Silver and yellow, dragon colors,
one pounding piston to rattle
your bones. Shattered more than

one license plate, 288 pounds of
power, muscle machine, lifted that
front wheel like it had wings, sweet

machine with a decompression lever,
to start pull in lever, one down stroke
kick, then, as you go for the lightning

midway through the second kick hard,
let go of the lever, and if it didn’t kick
you back, you rode, if it kicked you

flew. Anyone who asked to “take it
for a spin,” I’d shut the machine down,
step back and say, “if you can start it, you

can take it for a ride.” Most times I’d
just sit back and watch as that 441
kicked them like a mule. I knew

only a Biker could start that machine,
took me a while; I remember, in the
shop when I bought it brand new

the big bearded mechanic showed me
what to do and then stood there smiling for
a half-an-hour while the bike schooled me.

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Doug Holder, 25 School St.; Somerville, MA 02143.


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