Riding a bike for the first time for forty years

Not a bike to boast about, it had one speed: forward.
To stop I back-peddled. But hey! it was a bike,
no one was looking, and every downhill minute was wonderful.


jacket-wings flying

upheld by pedaling feet                                          IMG_5789 blog '11Cops' bikes

I am a bird
a victorious Icarus
feathers metal-held
spokes blurring

I soar over the cliff top
on a golden chariot
drawn by four beasts
bear, lynx, coyote, eagle

reins lengthen along their backs
through a breath of cloud
beyond the turning-circle of planets

and I am gone
gone to Never-Never-Land

pirates vanquished
lost childhood found


Poem-of-the-Month in Long Story Short September 2009


About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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2 Responses to Riding a bike for the first time for forty years

  1. veehcirra says:

    wow this impressive is it like a real story or fiction ….

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