44839: Poetry From a Zip Code (2017) Part 2

While National Poetry Month is now over, there are a few more poems this pedometer geek wishes to share from the first anthology published by Drinian Press, LLC in collaboration with the Huron Public Library and the city’s Poet Laureate program. This is the second of four poems that this pedometer geek had selected for the book. The poem is called “A Cyclist’s Perspective.”

A Cyclist’s Perspective

 

Finally, at age seven,

I rode my sea-foam green bike

unencumbered by training wheels

or parents holding on

one hot July afternoon,

long after my younger sister

mastered the feat.

 

Back then, we all rode

without helmets,

skinning our knees in falls.

 

It was a simpler time.

Less traffic congestion

and always following the laws.

Hands signaling turns left and right

on country roads and

city streets.

 

Ranging further afield

as allowed,

to the church around the corner

to friends’ houses

to Girl Scout meetings

to Woolworth’s and the shopping center

to the swimming pool

All without helmets.

Our transportation, our vehicle

before driver’s licenses

in a simpler time.

 

My sons had helmets,

given by grandparents

worried about safety and

traffic and congestion.

Times change–

no longer a simpler time.

 

Now, I ride less, walk more,

a frequent pedestrian on sidewalks going

to the bank

to the post office

to the library

Often, nearly being run over

by people riding their bikes,

not on the road as a vehicle should.

 

Perhaps, it’s time for a helmet.

~Nancy Brady, 2017

It’s May with the promise of warmer weather, and bicycles will be out again even in the midst of the pandemic. Stay safe; stay healthy, and remember, bikes do not belong on pedestrian walkways (AKA sidewalks). Exiting soapbox mode…

Update: For Healthcode.org’s April’s Million Mile Month, this pedometer geek fell short of the personal goal of 100 miles by 5 miles; however, with May’s challenge, this pedometer geek chose a smaller goal of 75 miles with plans to exceed it. The global community of participants fell way short of the goal as well, but with the May reboot, the challenge will probably be met especially if there are more participants. It is not too late to join up.

 

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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9 Responses to 44839: Poetry From a Zip Code (2017) Part 2

  1. Janice says:

    A humorous conclusion to your poem … and yes bicycles shouldn’t be on sidewalks… it gets complicated though when paths are shared by walkers and cyclists…

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    • It is supposed to humorous, but I am serious, too. For some reason they teach the kids around here to ride on the sidewalks (pedestrian walkways) when they are 5-6, but apparently they do not tell them to stop once they master the skill. As bad as some of the sidewalks are, you would think the street would be safer (and they are). I have to admit that I no longer give way to bikes. As to falling on the sidewalk, I tried to correct as I went into grass that was four inches high and in a trough. TMI

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      • Janice says:

        Yes your point is clear with the humour and I fully agree. Bicycles have no place on the sidewalk. I am personally not very impressed with the wider walking trail/ bike lane design either. It takes a lot of trust on the part of walkers that cyclists are not speeding and keeping watch for walkers.

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  2. Sandra Wright says:

    Your poem took me back to childhood bike riding days. Thanks. I, too am upset by people riding on sidewalks. 😬

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  3. Jules says:

    I need to get my bike out. I’ve a helmet though – I do prefer to walk.
    Keep up the good work with your stepping!

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    • Well, the bike and the helmet were both new (at the same time). This bike is an e-bike (electronic), but I did not have the motor on when I fell. After the cast came off, I had weeks and weeks of therapy to regain use of my dominant hand.

      I still prefer walking and getting steps. I must admit I haven’t ridden it much since then. And never on the sidewalk.

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  4. That’s exactly right, JP. This e-bike’s motor will not work if the rider isn’t pedaling, and most times I don’t use the motor unless I am going up an incline. The best part about it is that it is red. I always wanted a red bike. If Rob hadn’t given it to me as a present, I would never have considered it. He had one and really liked it, and as he has a problem with his back, he needed some exercise and walking for any length of time really bothers him.
    Stay safe!

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