Ode to my Bicycle

28 Jan

Your two wheels
and metal frame
have penetrated my brain
my two feet no longer
can catch up
to racing thoughts
that swoop on
spinning faster
rounding corners
jumping curbs
down the slightest slopes
you make me fly
with rubber wings
pushing me harder
pumping muscles
steely minded
wind whistling
past me around me
dodging raindrops
and ever increasing
my peripheral vision
pumping euphoria
through my veins
while I dance
on your two wheels.

Look Ma, no hands!

Look Ma, no hands!

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I have a love affair with my bicycle. These days it is my main mode of transportation for errands and such, which is great, because I love getting out of the house and being outdoors. When I hop on my bike I always end up feeling exhilarated afterwards. Thankfully, everything I need is within a 6 mile radius of my home. I have often quoted the line from the movie Singles, where the cyclist from Expect the Best says, “I just like the way the world looks from a bike.” Me too! I used to think that it was only on sunny, blue sky days, but it’s wintertime now, and I have found that I like riding my bike even on cold days.

I have been reading a lot of Pablo Neruda’s poems lately, and this poem was inspired by his odes to common things.

18 Responses to “Ode to my Bicycle”

  1. Mary January 28, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Oh, I remember riding a bicycle with feelings like this. Spinning faster and faster. Coasting. And especially the wind whistling. It definitely IS a euphoric experience on two wheels. You HAVE captured the bicycle feeling here.


  2. claudia January 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    oh very cool…i love cycling..have a road bike in summer and usually bike the 20 km to my workplace….it’s just so good ….love the exercise but even more how it makes the head free


  3. MarinaSofia January 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Wish I could bottle your bicycle love and give it to my younger son, who is still too scared to ride his bike without stabilisers…! Dancing on two wheels – even in horrid weather? Must be love, love, love…


  4. poetrypea January 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    I totally understand your love affair, I have one with mine. I just wish I lived in a flatter landscape.


  5. Vernon Wildy, Jr. January 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    That reminds of my younger days when my friends and I would ride all day long around our neighborhood, making up games and adventures along the way.


  6. hisfirefly January 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    oh I will think of you tomorrow morning
    as I spin on my stationary recumbent cycle
    safe from the snow and wind in my basement


  7. Mama Zen January 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    This is exhilarating to read!


  8. ayala January 28, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Awesome that you can do that!


  9. Brendan January 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    You should record this and have it played during spinning classes. The crowd would go wild. You so well captured the exhilaration of cycling.


  10. billgncs January 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    love bicycling poems! Wrote one or two myself. Now that I am grown up I have three 🙂


  11. Grace January 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    I like the fast paced & energy running down the page ~ I’m envious of your bicycle runs ~


  12. jaybluepoems January 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    very exciting! paints a very vivid and alive picture. you should get a “go-pro” head camera and then combine a reading over the wildly moving images. Love it!


    • lupitatucker January 28, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

      That is a great idea Jay, I have one!!


      • jaybluepoems January 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

        I would love to see and hear the final product!


  13. Anthony Desmond January 28, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    omg I haven’t had a bike in years… since I’ve been an adult, actually… well, I’m def going broke to get one now. haha… btw, I noticed your bio says you’re a home education advocate; that’s awesome; I was home schooled… so u go girl.


    • lupitatucker January 28, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

      Cool Anthony! Don’t need anything fancy though … My bike is 15 years old. Yeah, homeschooling is a passion of mine.


  14. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) January 29, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    I love my bicycle too.. Use it every day.. Yes it’s the best way to get about..


  15. brian miller January 29, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    dance on…smiles…as a kid my bicycle was an escape…a vehicle of adventure taking me so many places…now, the cars would probably mow me over trying to get anywhere…i need a bike though…smiles.


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