Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Right of Way

I submitted a poem to the 511.org bicycle poetry contest around bike to work day. And I won (a brand $600 new bike)! I was probably one of two people who submitted, but hey! given that I wrote it in all of 10 minutes, not a bad return :-)

Some people will recognize the irony that I was in a bike accident several weeks later. And that my helmet (on my head and not on the handlebars) saved my precious noggin.


I am gliding on my bike,
my helmet is hanging from
my handlebars,
the wind speeds through my hair,
my finger is poised above the bell


I don't want to stop.

I want this hill to go forever
I want the lights to remain an
I want those cars and people to
give way
to my inertia.

I don't want to stop.

I would coast forever
if I had my way,
past giant buildings,
old houses,
children waving by the side of the road,
past traffic,
past box stores,
out into the country,
along the coast,
small towns and large, and
look, I am back where I started, because

I don't want to stop

I would coast forever.

But I do stop. I brake and come to a halt,
bring a foot back to the ground,
lean on my handlebars,
and let you pass on
your way.

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At 6:58 AM , Blogger grngrl said...

Nice One Drain! Congrats. Are there pics of the new wheels?


At 8:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice! And a new bike, just what you needed. Ain't it funny when things work like that. Now I'd like one bike for each of the times I got hit by a car, please. Does it have to ryhme?

- Stephanie, working on a postcard for you

At 4:45 PM , Blogger Amandeep said...

why you gotta be all artistic & make us feel inadequate? nice poem. grmble grmble grmble.


At 4:53 PM , Blogger Adrian Cotter said...

the new wheels i actually don't actually have yet :) k. supposedly I'm getting a discount card in the mail.

actually my old bike was fine, though i had started to think of replacing it. now i'll keep it as a backup at least for a while. looking forward to postcard steph.

sorry 'deep. if it helps any, i feel inadequate about my art all the time :-)

At 1:17 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

I am soooo jealous! Congrats!!

At 7:54 PM , Anonymous urbrother said...

nice poem Adrian. Who would have thunk a bike for a poem. Do you remember I won a bike from my paper route collections? And then it was later stolen?
shane would recommend disk brakes for your new bike, probably a $600 option...

At 2:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Adrian, on the new bike, but especially on the poem. Hurray!!!!!!!!!!
When you get it, yes, you need a pic of you, coasting - with the wind in your hair.

At 2:55 AM , Anonymous joanna said...

Oh and I am glad your noggin is safe. And I BET there were many more than 2 entries.

At 8:48 AM , Anonymous amy Tanner said...

So cool. I like the poem. Perfect for the contest, too.

At 12:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Adrian - I wanted to check if it is okay for me to use your poem here - link again in case that didn't work: http://flickr.com/photos/lynnmorag/1558530124/

If it isn't then please let me know and I will remove it immediately....


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