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Friday, May 06, 2016

Poetry Friday--It's National Bicycle Month!

The month of May has been designated "National Bicycle Month." The weather, although mostly rainy this past week, should be trending toward bike-riding weather. As soon as we get there, make an effort to get outside and climb on a bike--it's good for your soul (and your heart, and, the environment).

I was surprised how few poems I found that are devoted exclusively to bicycles. I would have thought there'd be hundreds. But, maybe people who ride bikes don't write about the experience. (Try balancing paper and pencil on a moving bike!)

There's a poem by Michael Salinger celebrating "National Bicycle Month" called "Bicycle Dreams." It appears in the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations: Holiday Poems for the Whole Year in English and Spanish [teacher/librarian edition 372.64 POE, children's edition J 808.81 POE].

Another bicycle poem is by Nikki Giovanni, who titled her 2009 collection, Bicycles: Love Poems [811.54 GIO].
Bicycles

Midnight poems are bicycles
Taking us on safer journeys
Than jets
Quicker journeys
Than walking
But never as beautiful
A journey
As my back
Touching you under the quilt

Midnight poems
Sing a sweet song
Saying everything
Is all right

Everything
Is
Here for us
I reach out
To catch the laughter

The dog thinks
I need a kiss

Bicycles move
With the flow
Of the earth
Like a cloud
So quiet
In the October sky
Like licking ice cream
From a cone
Like knowing you
Will always
Be there

All day long I wait
For the sunset

The first star
The moon rise

I move
To a midnight
Poem
Called
You
Propping
Against
The dangers

[A little aside: I love the epigraph at the front of the book, "Bicycles: because love requires trust and balance".]

Hop on your bike and pedal over to Poetry for Children for the Poetry Friday Round-Up. This week's hostess is none other than Sylvia Vardell, who, along with Janet Wong, edited the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations mentioned above!


2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for joining our Poetry Friday gathering this week, for the lovely plug of our CELEBRATIONS book and Michael Salinger's fun poem, and for featuring Nikki Giovanni's marvelous poem. I have always loved that book and was surprised to see this reissued version. Must check it out!

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  2. When I saw the title of your post, I suspected you might mention this collection. I happen to love the poem "A Song for You"... and not just because the last three words are "ditty ditty wop." But that doesn't hurt. ;)

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