A Liberty of Wheels

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Neighbourhood children learning how to ride their new bikes after Christmas.

Submitted: January 15, 2008

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A Liberty of wheels

Cul de Sac alive with delighted
screams and shouts,
girls’ hair flowing in the wind,
as neighbour kids and cousins learn
the liberty of wheels.

Bicycles weaving on the street,
and driveways in and out,
with training wheels discarded,
the six-to-eight-year-old brigade
explores the intricacies of two-wheel balancing.

Coordination tested by
staying upright in the turns,
motor skills improving,
peddling ever faster as
their confidence expands. 

All occasionally wipe out,
collecting scrapes and bruises,
crying for their mothers
as they learn hard lessons
about the reality of gravity.

Pantomiming their older siblings,
these neophyte riders hold one-handed
to the handlebars,
with imitation ghetto-blasters
held up to left ears.

Here in this back-street velodrome
they can ride and thus pretend
to be knights on horseback,
and swirling aeroplanes,
or Indi-cars speedway bound.

But childhood energy gives way
in evening’s fading light,
as one by one kids and cousins
exhaust themselves with
excited circling speed.

Cul de Sac night-settled now
until the morrow when
once again delighted screams
and shouts announce children
experiencing the liberty of wheels.


James Gagiikwe © 2008


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