For biker scribe Eddie ‘Sorez’ Pliska, poetry is as much about capturing his passion for the moto lifestyle and the raw energy of two-wheeled travel in prose, as it is about documenting determination in the face of the often-harsh struggles of life. He has had his fair share of both.
Now into a second year with NYC Motorcyclist as a contributor, here is Sorez's exclusive December piece, titled Once Upon Some Miles. It's inspired by his friend and 'brother of the wind' Nick Guadagno, whose May 2020 black and white video -- Harley Davidson Motorcycles Riding Through New York City -- documents a two-hour return ride from Middlesex, NJ through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.
"I did not ride those roads with him that day," Sorez says. "Watching his video made me wish I had. We have shared many meaningful miles together out there on crowded roads, and hopefully there will be many more."
Sorez, who has a new book of poetry out now, graciously agreed to pen some inspiration for the NYC Motorcyclist community each month. You can read more about Sorez in a feature NYC Motorcyclist published in the spring of 2018.
Once Upon Some Miles
The inclination upon the driveway
Was calm, cool, collected, and ready to run
A couple of hundred miles in the sun
Even though many clouds were hanging low
The sun, always shines, upon my ride.
Right, towards the highway, entrance ramp
Leaving all of my hassles behind
East, towards the city that had fallen asleep
Like a dream, there were no crowds.
Very few cagers, no longer, congested roads.
Not a hack nor a bus in plain sight.
Street people were left alone, behind.
On too many corners, to not mention them all.
But they’re hardly ever written about.
Sleeping in tunnels, under the ground.
I am on the road, forward motion, into the wind
Afforded those moments to absorb
The journey that for so long was put off
Throughout my beloved New York City.
The wind took some tears from me that day
Not because there was something in my eye.
On those streets I rode, that broke my heart
Once upon some miles ...