Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Bicycling

The most popular bicycle model—
and most popular 
vehicle of any kind
in the world—is the Chinese 
Flying Pigeon,
 with some 500 million in service.
The bicycle, the bicycle surely, 
should always be the vehicle 
of novelists and poets. 
~Christopher Morley

Life is like riding a bicycle. 
To keep your balance you
must keep moving. 
~ Albert Einstein, letter to
his son Eduard, 1930.

Midweek Motif ~ Bicycling

Each bicycle has taken part in many stories.  Each cyclist is a protagonist and maybe even antagonist, supporting character and audience to the drama.  Maybe some have a philosophy of bicycling as well.  Do you?

Write a poem with a bicycling motif.  

From her book Bicycles: Love poems.

Ode to Bicycles (Oda a la bicicleta)

by Pablo Neruda

I was walking
a sizzling road:
the sun popped like
a field of blazing maize,
was hot,
an infinite circle
with an empty
blue sky overhead.
A few bicycles
me by . . . .

(Read the rest in both Spanish and English HERE!)

1.      Post your  new  bicycle  poem on your site, and then link it here.
2.      Share only original and new work written for this challenge. 
3.      Leave a comment here.
4.      Honor our community by visiting and commenting on others' poems.

(Next Midweek Motif = the color Green)

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  1. Good morning, Poets, and welcome to the midweek motif. what do you think when a bicycle rolls by? Have a great day.

  2. A bit of a Curate's egg from me today: good in parts :-)
    All poets are cyclists? Or all cyclists are poets?
    I made a hash of it. Sorry. I can talk about them for hours....but poetry? In motion, yes. Not in so many words.
    Now I'm going out - on my bike - and wait for the others to roll in.

    1. Loved the montage effect. Of course, I want at least a book that introduces each and everyone of your collection.

  3. old poem, so i wont link it...just leave it here in the comments...
    i have written about bikes plenty of times. this one is one of the first poems
    i ever wrote (2010)...

    we would not be deterred

    we would not be deterred,
    even when my uncle would
    hang them in trees, if we
    left them laying by the
    gravel road that wound
    around our hill

    we would not be deterred,
    even when my little sister
    hit a tree, one summer day,
    popping all her fingernails off,
    neatly, leaving pink pulpy nubs
    before they bled down her shirt.

    no, a bicycle meant freedom
    and so we pushed its bounds
    pedaling everywhere we went
    tires hissing on the pavement
    and if you were really daring
    you would let go, both arms
    out by your side and fly.

    we would not be deterred,
    but then we grew up,
    our bikes sitting in the garage
    rusting, why did we
    let them clip our wings?

    1. Like! I contained one of these events in my own poem! Your style has evolved since this, but I like its relative starkness and your use of repetition and detail. Thanks, as ever, for climbing on board.


    3. No surprise Bri that you have bicycles at the elemental form of your poetry. I think it's also good to look back at early work to see your growth.
      I know you still fly free on occasion with those boys :)

  4. thanks Susan....i scribbled a few lines and linked it up... :)

    1. I suspect our poets will be re-watching that film this week. I will.

  5. Back later to Tuff City!

  6. I'm heading out to a dentist appointment and will be back in a few hours. I might wish to be with Sherry instead!

  7. Considering how much bikes have meant to me I have only written about the tricycle. Thanks for another delightful prompt, Susan!

  8. Let me take you to Galveston for this one...

  9. Hi! Inspired by idea of two...thanks, Susan!

  10. What great reading! If you only wrote about a tricycle and have lots more to say, feel free to add another bike story.

  11. The poem won't earn me the yellow jersey, but at least I kept pace!

  12. Nice topic for the season. Mine is up at:

  13. Replies
    1. absolutely
      I love your presence. And poems.

  14. Coming back after a long time! Love the prompt!

    "My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library"
    Peter Golkin

    1. Aditi, come back with a poem! I stay open until Saturday am.

  15. Dear Susan most interesting prompt-so much can be written on this-here is my contribution-Thank you so much.

  16. I saw your prompt and hope you don't mind that I dropped a poem. Thanks :)
    I love cycling.

    1. I am happy you wrote a poem for this prompt! Remember if you ever stop in after Saturday, you can post in the Sunday Pantry right here--and you could also simply post it again.

  17. That's all Poets! I won't be back again to this prompt. You can still use the prompt, but why not post for the poetry pantry Sunday?


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