19 July 2011

I'm Thinking A Lot About Bicycles Lately.

Bicycles are such a great metaphor for life.  They're all about balance and trust.  I'm pretty good with the trust part.  The balance part is always a work in progress. 

I've been invited to take part in a bike trip across America.  I'm considering it.  My holdups are fear about whether I can actually complete such a journey, and worries about the whole financial piece of it.  Not only would I not be working for awhile, which means zero income, but I would also need to drop a butt load of my hard earned cash on a ton of gear.  I could do it, but it would be a stretch...hmmm...what do you guys think?  Imagine what amazing things we could all do if money wasn't such a huge part of our survival.

Anyway, enough about all that.  Here's your poem of the day.  It's about bicycles, of course. 

Nikki Giovanni, thank you for writing and sharing this (and not suing me for reprinting it without permission). 

Midnight poems are bicycles
Taking us on safer journeys
Than jets
Quicker journeys
Than walking
But never as beautiful
A journey
As my back
Touching you under the quilt

Midnight poems
Sing a sweet song
Saying everything
Is all right

Here for us
I reach out
To catch the laughter

The dog thinks
I need a kiss

Bicycles move
With the flow
Of the earth

Like a cloud
So quiet
In the October sky
Like licking ice cream
From a cone
Like knowing you
Will always
Be there

All day long I wait
For the sunset

The first star
The moon rise

I move
To a midnight
The dangers


ant said...

<3 always loved and have missed your writing. and nice photo ; )

Jes said...

Thanks Antelope. I like that picture, too...I remember that whole day perfectly and return to it in my head lots of times. Thank God, though, that I haven't returned to that hair color. :)

achilles3 said...

I like riding bikes drunk and stoned

jer said...

do it. you only live once buddykins.