Typewriter Rodeo: Riding A Bike

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

By Sean PetrieNovember 5, 2021 10:18 am, ,

This Typewriter Rodeo poem came by request from Texas Standard listener Pete Ramirez. His request was for a poem dedicated to “the love and joy of riding a bike.”

Riding A Bike

You can have your Tesla
With its self-driving
G-force lurches

I prefer to make
My own choices
And see the scenery I pass
And not be limited
To roads

Where it’s just me
And the simple pedals

You should have to work
At least a bit
To get somewhere
(Here’s looking at you, scooters)

No, give me
These sturdy handlebars
The feel of dirt or grass or smooth pavement
The satisfaction
Of a good uphill climb
The windswept catch of joy
From a downhill coast

So hop on
Join me if you like
All the choices are ours
And the world
Is our rolling

a photo of the typewritten poem

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