Zen Bicycle

On the long ride all else may fade away

Except the slender machine you straddle

Gliding quiet and smooth along the way

Neither pain of knee or chafe of saddle 

Upon the gyroscopically stable

Pacific state of the rider intrude

As the steady pace the soul enables

To achieve a singular solitude

Wherein a person easily decides

The wisdom or folly of their beliefs

As all other thought ceases and they ride

Onward, relentlessly without relief 

Body an intimate tool of motion

Automatic mode of transportation  

A mind as restless as the ocean

Calmed to a most quiet contemplation

Illuminating everything held dear

In light revealed by openness of mind

Much that was obscured suddenly made clear

Truth is available for you to find

This is one reason that I like

Very much to ride my bike

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shamelabboush 7 years ago

Nicely-written poem.


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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

The Title itself brings me here and I am glad to be here and in this world of bubble created by your poetry makes my day.


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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

This is hot! Fluid, motion, and serene. Very much enjoyed this!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Shamelabboush!

Kushal, always a pleasure when you vist. Thank you.

thanks so much, Jodi!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Very good poem, and obviously the saddle prevents the callouses on the bum as well! lol


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Cindy! naughty girl you lower the tone!! nice poem, Tom


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Not to mention, Cindy. :0)

Thank you, Gypsy!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, BC.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Tom, wow. I think I should take up cycling, if it can encourage such inspiration to write such a well focused, and beautifully written work. Nice Tom, as always.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Cycling always puts a better spin on my day, AIDY. I do recommend it. Thanks for your praise.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

That is why I ride, as well. Not for the carbon monoxide fix!!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

True. It's hard to find roads where you don't get a whiff.


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McHamlet 6 years ago

Very nice Tom, a smooth and enjoyable ride from start to finish. This line: "much that was obscured suddenly made clear", I particularly like. I love to ride as well, when I get an opportunity at least, which definitely isn't as often as I'd like. You've started in me a yearning...

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