SHOVELIN’ COAL By Tony Pranses

SHOVELIN’ COAL By Tony Pranses There are those who think the tandem is the instrument sublime For the serious cycle-tourist, and the man concerned with time. It has drive and rolls much faster as it gobbles up the track, But it’s quite another matter to the guy who sits in back…shovelin’ coal. But just look […]

Maybe Alone On My Bike By William Stafford

Maybe Alone On My Bike By William Stafford I listen, and the mountain lakes hear snowflakes come on those winter wings only the owls are awake to see, their radar gaze and furred ears alert. In that stillness a meaning shakes; And I have thought (maybe alone on my bike, quaintly on a cold evening […]

Ode To Bicycles By Pablo Neruda

Ode To Bicycles By Pablo Neruda I was walking down a sizzling road: the sun popped like a field of blazing maize, the earth was hot, an infinite circle with an empty blue sky overhead. A few bicycles passed me by, the only insects in that dry moment of summer, silent, swift, translucent; they barely […]

Going Down Hill On A Bicycle By Henry Charles Beeching

Going Down Hill On A Bicycle By Henry Charles Beeching A Boy’s Song With lifted feet, hands still, I am poised, and down the hill Dart, with heedful mind; The air goes by in a wind. Swifter and yet more swift, Till the heart with a mighty lift Makes the lungs laugh, the throat cry:— […]

A Ride Through Time By Carlo Castelvecchi

A Ride Through Time By Carlo Castelvecchi I ride through time, Stretching it out with surreal distortion, I ride for freedom, I am immortal, freedom from the fear of death, I push myself to the limit of my mortal frame, then transcend that human pain, enter into that fourth dimension. My wheels no longer touch […]

The Migration Of Bicycles By Nancy Willard

The Migration Of Bicycles By Nancy Willard I have seen them flash among cars or lean so low into the curved wrist of the road to brake would kill them, yet a whole pack will stand for hours in the rain yoked to each other, chained to the rack till the shops close. I have seen […]

Mulg Bill’s Bicycle By A.B. “Banjo” Paterson

Mulg Bill’s Bicycle By A.B. “Banjo” Paterson Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze; He turned away the good old horse that served him many days; He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen; He hurried off to town and bought a shining new machine; And as he wheeled it […]

Since Hanna Moved Away By Judith Viorst

Since Hanna Moved Away By Judith Viorst The tires on my bike are flat. The sky is grouchy gray. At least it sure feels like that Since Hanna moved away. Chocolate ice cream tastes like prunes. December’s come to stay. They’ve taken back the Mays and Junes Since Hanna moved away. Flowers smell like halibut. […]

Bicycle Commute By Alan Bender Volga, SD

Bicycle Commute By Alan BenderVolga, SD Stillness returns as I retrace the path Daily rhythms hold at workday close. Spirit wind is a constant companion. Even when the leaves are idle, The breathe of life is called forth By the joy of movement. Time is irrelevant, the sun moves The mind to reflect on the […]

Poems about Confidence

The Night Of Claire By Anonymous

The Night Of Claire By Anonymous A ride in the woods in the dark of the moon Was no challenge or so it was said So I mounted my Schwinn and I turned on my lights And away in the evening I sped. Slicker than owl snot my drive train did run As I reached […]