Jan De Raeymaeker


On yer bike


A rattling racer lugs sluggishly
In the lee of Harcourt Street
Caught fast between twin-tracks
The Luas lines from Hatch Street to the Green

As a slow-limbed man in a rush
Who can't shake free
Weaves unevenly
With the struggle of each push

His over-dressed bones
Drive-on his rusted steed
Their pedial feuding
Prospecting for speed
Ne'er fuelling any gain
But contriving to continue slowly

Coasting close to the slim-hipped dip
The gleaming right ditch
He leans into the fighting frame
Swinging it away from danger

But the constant pressure shows
A toe slips
The bike veers suddenly
Across the in-bound track

Man and machine shaking in shame
Wobbling profusely
In an ungainly display
To be lost down Montague Lane

Submitted: Friday, July 18, 2014
Edited: Friday, July 18, 2014

Topic of this poem: life


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