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A Bicycle Poem

Old 01-07-14, 07:46 AM
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A Bicycle Poem


Softball season in the year of the metal-flaked
three-speed Raleighs, their coolness audible

at every show-off chance to calmly
backspin and shift, then stand on the pedals

to leave us pumping along behind. Well,
Iíd learned last winterís secrets from my dad,

how a pock-marked, second-hand wreck
could be wrenched apart, washed clean

in a series of sloshing Skippy jars,
anointed in grease, then fumbled back together,

right down to the insoluble rear hub.
When I looked down at my squawky steed,

bouncing and veering in the dry grass,
I knew Iíd held that rattling spray can high,

like a crapshooter winding up and ready
to let fly, and remembering believed

in coaster brakes and Royal Red, the heft
and jolt of finished work in my two hands.

Scott Lowery

Congratulations to my buddy Scott winner of the Red Dragonfly Press 2013 Emergence Chapbook Series Prize
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Old 01-07-14, 09:26 AM
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Man, was that a surprise to think of my '59 green-enameled Schwinn Spitfire in eastern Iowa, all the rich kids' Corvettes around me, and my cousin's Raleigh with pump, tourist bag and skinny tires out there in exotic New Jersey, on this frigid Colorado morning.

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