NaPoWriMo #26 – The Cyclist

Keep your eyes trained to the front
and don’t look towards the floor. Breathe.
Don’t get caught up with how
your bicycle is wobbling too much,
whether you’ll hit anyone in your path
or if you’ll actually get to your destination.

Keep your eyes trained to the front,
and don’t look towards the floor. Focus.
Barbecued wings are awesome,
but that’s not what you’re here for.
You had your lunch before you started cycling,
so stop staring at that family’s picnic feast.

Keep your eyes trained to the front
and don’t look towards the floor. Great!
You started off from Area C half an hour ago,
and now, you’ve finally reached Area F.
Sure, give yourselves a little clap on the back –
but remember the way back when you do!

Keep your eyes trained to the front
and don’t look towards the floor. Remember:
You’re working this machine with your own hands,
but they are doing what you’re doing too.
They fell down, but picked themselves up to continue.
If they can handle this beastly contraption, why not you?

Keep your eyes trained to the front
and don’t look towards the floor. Try something new.
Turn your head towards the sound of a frustrated squirrel,
do a free wheel down a gentle slope facing the sea.
Ring the bicycle bell so people notice your clumsy presence,
or take a sweaty hand off a handlebar…(well maybe NOT)

Keep your eyes trained to the front
and don’t look towards the floor. Here we are!
Reward yourself with an ice-cold drink,
stop and enjoy the cool sea breeze. Well done.
We’ve now come to the end of our weekend trip,
but you see – these life-affirming lessons are never truly done

© Zelda Reville


Day 26 for NaPoWriMo. A little sojourn to the beach for clumsy cycling with my friends. Just 4 days away from the finish line!

 

 

 

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