Cycling Along

you came through a tunnel years ago
unaware of where you were
screaming on wobbly wheels
with everyone cheering on
especially maiden aunts
not knowing such pain
coo cooed in admiration
as you moved into the light

not a pedal punishing pace
never another Napoleon
you stayed firmly in the saddle
until teaming with a mate
riding new curves an unexpected pleasure
on roads you never dreamed of taking
the low pass and the high pass all in one
with chattering river in between

but now you’re slowing down
your bell rings out a lonely note
you know around the bend
a darker tunnel awaits
but there’s time to view the scenery
and even if you do come off
you have it in the legs
you’ll get going again

© Richard Scutter 13 August 2008


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