Asphalt Dream

It pleases new paved roads
The tires made of similar stuff
My nose distinctly opposes
The acrid wafts of sterile tar
Rolling smoothly across
Holding a breath til the bleached
Paved macadam is welcomed
With its crags and potholes
And distant memories


There is something intimate about slipping off my shoe

Handing it to a man who carefully adjusts it cleat

While standing in wisps of clothing

Embarrassed  at my untanned ankle

Exposed in the process

Mark Time

Days have past spinning the words out for fun,

Bringing a notion of riding that has created a stronger

Sense of who I am besides a spandex fool waiting to crash.

Riding is not an effort it is what one does, and so to writing.

What storm could stop me, I made it when others were stuck.

And even if the pencil is a nub, the words stick in the head

Waiting to be put out at the chance of a scrap of paper.

A state of insecurity even commuting the same rate always early.

The floating waves of words crest and fly, become the spume and frost

Of all our hearts and rarely seen but we know the feel and pull of desire.

Between the lines is always the story of becoming and going,

So easy to see in others, until I catch my own reflection

Passing store front windows looking for a clock to mark time.

Riding R9ound

Riding round the Park

Tired and dumb, no numb

Of riding around this circle of park

Passing slow bikes cursing red lights

Cars do hassle, and walkers without eyes

Vex the speed down the rise

The sweeping turns could be fun

But there is always someone

Right where I need to go not breaking.

Too early it’s dark, or the frenzied pack

Of racing fools think it means something.

After that a leisurely spin dodging

Unkempt commuters, on wheels of sorts

I’ll wait till lunch and catch the buggies.

Then feel the pull to get out of park

Blast the runners, strollers, watchers, and roller

Bladers. The cloud seekers, and ladies with sneakers.

It looms better than it is, the joy is leaving.

Yet, you see the same people over again.

Riding round the park.