Nkululeko Mdudu

Freshman - 504 Points (11 October 1990 / Queenstown/ South Africa)

Life Is A Bicycle(Lifestyle Is A Frame) - Poem by Nkululeko Mdudu

Round and round and fast and forward
Steady balancing on either side
Swaying, speeding, not a coward
This is your one and only ride

Cycle Cycle, turning at the feet
Hands on the bar or up in the air
A greeting smile when strangers meet
A ring of the bell to say: I'm here!

But if you take a wrong turn
Or in your tyre you find a hole
Maybe you crash as you're trying to learn
Get up; dust yourself and take back control

This is your bike and the owner is you
One paddle is for people, one is for progress
The wheels might get worn out while the tube is new
The cog gives you problems, these are yours to address

The road gets rough, just tie the lose parts with string
The chain needs oil, the water bottle runs dry
You swallow hard and just keep peddling
Then a steep hill comes up and you wish to fly

Comments about Life Is A Bicycle(Lifestyle Is A Frame) by Nkululeko Mdudu

  • Nkululeko Mdudu (2/25/2019 7:38:00 AM)

    thank you all for the encouraging comments, i appreciate all your lovely comments (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Madhabi Banerjee (1/29/2018 12:12:00 PM)

    creative idea. very good.thanks a lot (Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Asis Biswas (12/7/2016 5:05:00 AM)

    too many good poems are getting written by too many good writers. and you are one of them.beautifuly written, life is a bi cycle. just like freedy mercury of queen had written i want to ride a bi-cycle. (Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Mark Nwagwu (8/18/2008 6:46:00 AM)

    a steep hill comes up and you want to fly - why not, give the bicycle wings and you will get to the top. You just have to find the wings. As the character played by Willie Smith says in the movie, Chase, any woman can be swept off her feet, you just have to find the right broom. (Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (8/16/2008 10:22:00 PM)

    I thought this was creative and it had a very good ending with a challenge
    that the framework of the bicycle was not prepared for. It is for the man in the end
    to do the deed.


    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (8/12/2008 4:13:00 AM)

    yes it is, and we are the ones who shoild control it even though sometimes we fail to, nice poem. (Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (8/12/2008 4:05:00 AM)

    I love it! Brilliant... A fantastic comparison to life's journey - well done 10/10 - just correct paddle, should be peddle (I think) ... and correct last verse, second line - take other w out of water & last line - Then...
    lotsoluv Teacher Tia ;)

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 7 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Monday, August 11, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, February 25, 2019

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. Television
    Roald Dahl
  10. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
[Report Error]