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On The Bicycle

Updated on April 10, 2011

Happy Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month in the United States. In celebration I am endeavoring to write a poem a day. Some of them I will publish here. I hope some of my fellow HP poets will join in, although I know many already write at least a poem a day.

Here is my effort for today.

On the bicycle

Like all places

I can choose 

Although compelling


While pedaling

Persuades steadily

Every moment

To be in the flow

Of traffic vagaries

In the know of

Tarmac irregularities

Ready to let go of


At the impatient driver


Towards the near miss

Ready for

Camouflaged pot holes

Suddenly appearing road kill

Demanding presence

Reflexes and skill

Love for self

Encourages humility

Helps me find

Love for the angry

Who do not care for me

Like my body

I bring it safely



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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      Our roads are also pocked. Some of the pot holes are pretty big, and there are short sections of road that seem to be just all pot holes. Another good reason to stay focused when I ride. Thanks CF!

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      Liam Hallam 6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Nice poem Tom. I loved the line "tarmac irregularities"- Our roads took a batterering over the winter and it feels like it's the cyclists that mainly suffer! (And our wheelsets)

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Micky Dee!!!

      Bbnix, thanks so much. Great to hear you're biking with friends!

      Doug, poet, yes. I wrote a poem about road kill once.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      I laughed at the line about "suddenly appearing" roadkill. They do seem to arrive quickly, and usually always right in our path.

      Best of luck with your poem a day quest.

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      A nice poem for my first visit, my friend.

      Interestingly, I've just started riding my mountain bike with a small group of new friends and I do love it so, not so much in the traffic though, for here in So Cal it's clear, that people in cars are much to not quite hold dear.

      Thanks also for the info on poetry being the focus this month. It is something I newly hold dear, not to mention the incredible hubbers here who have quite literally changed my life...

      Thanks again, I'll be following you for sure!!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Very beautiful Tom! It is ALL the bicycle. It's the commute. It's the dangers. It's the courage. It's the forgiveness. It really captures the ride. Thank you sir!

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      That's a good point. What good is a poem that is neither read nor heard? Thank you :)

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hmmmm, I plan to "read" one poem a day. Does that count? Nice one BTW and love the pic.

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks, JK. I'm off to read some of yours.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      You're off to a good start with this poem. Nice work.