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Quarter Mile Needle
by Dayvid Graybill

Saturday, September 04, 2010
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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In my 20s and 30s I was a weekend drag racer. Then I grew up. This year my brother Jim built a car and started racing. He's 50. Racing stays in your blood and I'm feeling that call. I guess next year I'll build a car.


Quarter Mile Needle

 

Small block 350

Edelbrock Hi-Rise

Hooker ceramic headers

Holley 750 double-pumper

Hurst short-stick short throw

Borg Warner T10 4-Speed

Lakewood traction bars

12-bolt posi-rear

 

1969 Chevy Nova SS

 

Christmas tree lights up

Loud rumble fills my heart

Yellows fall then turn green

Tires throw thick white smoke

G-force crushing my body

Pulling shifts . 9200

A quarter-mile flash

12.6 Seconds

109 MPH

 

Moon bright

Full and smiling

Intravenous adrenalin

Needle a quarter-mile long

Heart thumps big and wild

I blew the doors off that Mopar.

Heading for the pits.

 

2010 © Dayvid Graybill

 

 

 

Nova at the drags

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Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 9/8/2010
good one Day, and I do relate, also a part of my slate, I'm getting mustang fever again, as in Cobra, I'm also getting Harley fever again, haven't rode in years, also I'd love to build one of those old muscle cars, cheers
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 9/7/2010
Oh you men never get those kinds of things out of your blood, I think it helps to keep you young!
Reviewed by Andy Turner 9/6/2010

LOL James Dean would be proud.
Looks like an average day in a Cuban car park.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/6/2010
Racing stays in your blood, and I'm feeling that call.

Then you should definitely heed it.
Reviewed by D Johnson 9/5/2010
I had a '69 Nova and loved it... I did not race the car but it was really cool. Before that, I had a '62 Chevy ll, forerunner to the Nova, lowered in front, dual pipes...hot car until it kissed the losing end of a snow drift, in a very deep ditch. Anyway, I digress...

Cheers,
Dan
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 9/5/2010
Just the other day I found my lead foot
on an open country road with no cherry bombs
(or flasher patrols & some
cranked up the Rock & Roll
and my mph! 96...Reckless!
But invigorating!!

Breakin' Road Rules
Vickie
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 9/5/2010
That need for speed never leaves you, not entirely anyway. Well penned.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 9/5/2010
Great writing dear man...have a wonderful and safe day..Hugsss
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/5/2010
I have a student who was a champion race car driver back in the 70s...it's still in his blood!
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/4/2010
I had a 1974 Malibu ss stock 350. Fun car but saddled with the early emissions nonsense. The 60's were the years. Patrick
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 9/4/2010
I grew up in a racing family too. My father used to race Porsches and Alfa Romeos all around the NE: Watkins Glen, Nelson Ledges, Lime Rock, Mosport (Canada), etc. It definitely stays in your blood. I've always been somewhat of a Formula 1 guy myself. Very emotive piece for me.
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 9/4/2010
I appreciate this poem very much. I like car racing. Plus this piece was very well crafted.

GOD BLESS YOU
Tony
Reviewed by The Poetess 9/4/2010
I love this. I hope you jump back into your dream. In my teens I used to drag race at the New England Speed Way and fantasize about doing a real race. But my Cougar with a 351 clevland didn't have what it took. I most often drove my friend's fairlane.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 9/4/2010
ah,,my cousin Butch Blair was a drag racer.holds a world record..his car (fugowie) in California,,you should google him..any way, watched a few of his races years ago..phew..F A S T...love your poem~
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 9/4/2010
Can't find enough superlatives to express my admiration. I don't know a carburater (sp?) from an oilcan, but I know a great poem when I
see one.

Started t'say "smashing," but it sounds too much like crashing. I once had a boyfriend who was into drag racing. Still remember visiting him at a hospital. Eyes peering from head-to-toe bandages.
Admittedly, he was accident prone. Wrecked a motorcycle and a boat.
Still alive, it's a miracle.

Thank you for sharing this gorgeously conceived and written ode.

Almost be willin' t' ride shotgun.;)

xOx Phyllis xOx
Reviewed by George Carroll 9/4/2010
Speed is hard to get out of your system.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 9/4/2010
This brings back memories.
Mason-Dixon Drag-a-way
God bless
Lew
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/4/2010
Sounds like a great idea to me, Dayvid. Go for it, my friend.
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