Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cycle of Life



On the great cycle of life,
I've pedaled hard,
up many a hill,
gasping for breath, skidding down the other side,
grateful for the ease, but
trying not to go off into the ditch.

I spent some time getting bugs in my teeth,
grinning over some doofus man,
but that got.....buggy......
so I settled in for a solo ride. 

The scenery has been spectacular,
my stretch of the highway.
I cant get enough of it,
always one more mile to gaze upon,
one more cloud or tree
to make me catch my breath
in wonder.

I'm tiring now as the road yawns ahead,
other cyclists whizzing by.
I leave them to it.
These days, I like to stop and stare,
just be with the clouds and the earth and the sky.

I'm getting into the sidecar now,
for a slower, gentler ride.
I'm going to let God
do the pedaling, now,
to get me to the other side.

For Susan's prompt at Mid-Week Motif: Bicycling. I used to cycle daily in my 40's - I'd head out of town and make an hour and a half round trip, just to find some countryside.......now I have a three wheel cycle, which is precarious enough on these bumpy country roads.

28 comments:

  1. I was hoping you would show this picture again. I didn't know you had tamed that beast. I want one! But I'd need to be in God's sidecar, too, with my knees. I like how your details in this poem cross the line in and out of symbol and gritty reality--"buggy." Remember the "always one more" as you tire. This spectacular life is what we should save our energy for!

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  2. Who's the teenager?
    Love it
    Stately as a galleon...

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  3. Oh....I love this, Sherry. Such a wonderful picture of life's journey.

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  4. May god always be there with you:)..........................

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  6. The 'Great Cycle of Life'! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You're way too funny! But seriously, you've been feeling mortal lately, haven't you?

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  7. Love your riding soul! These lines - 'I'm going to let God do the pedaling, now' - made me smile, but with a little dif meaning - 'cause for wise woman listens to her heart, not a brain to live...and trying to be open to all opportunities - God see it and rewards ~ don't give up, never late for miracle/dream to come true ! Blessings! :)xx

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  8. thank god that hard ride on the uphill journey is no more..let god do the pedaling.... just chill now :)

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  9. Such an inspired description of life's journey! Though I hope you stay out of that sidecar for a long, long time! Your tricycle at least means we get to read more of your beautiful poetry! *smile*

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  10. Love the way you describe your life. The ending here is so beautiful and, of course, I relate to it thoroughly. My pace has slowed too.
    Lovely poem Sherry.

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  11. I love that second stanza, Sherry, and the ending is just lovely.

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  12. ah you have an awesome bike..trike....and you know we each have to find our own way...and our own pace...better not to try and match another...smiles.

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  13. Sherry--this is such a wonderful metaphor. I love the idea of not needing to pedal anymore. Thanks for the feel-good moment.

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  14. hey, mi amiga, I have a recumbant bike also but mine has no wheels. its a stationary exercise bike. i'm envious of your scenery but i'm glad ii don't have a 'goofy' guy stalking me . gracias for sharing with us this experience. we are all living vicariously through you but riding in the side care with you. love this piece. have a wonderful time :-)

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  15. Thanks for sharing this experience! Thought of getting one of these bikes but wondered how well they work. Are they awkward to ride or steer? Happy trails!

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  16. I spent some time getting bugs in my teeth,
    grinning over some doofus man,
    but that got.....buggy......
    so I settled in for a solo ride.

    You crack me up, Sherry!

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  17. a great poem which makes the reader feel the push of the pedal and the roll of the wheel- 'acceptance of life in its different stages is so realistically manifested
    beautifully written, Sherry

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  18. Great play on the cycle of life. Love that bike! I've always wondered what it would be like to ride in a side car. :)

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  19. Love it all Sherry! He is certain to pedal and make you bloom. :)

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  20. I feel the breeze and bugs in my face with this poem. Sherry you bring a smile to my face.
    Life is quite a ride.
    I''m also glad you shared this picture.

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  21. That is a great bike. I want one ...have never seen one here. Best look behind occasionally to ensure some doofus guy is not hitching a ride in your basket whilst you are pedalling away:)

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  22. Ah, life as a bicycle ride. It is a very true correlation. Uphills, downhills, rocky roads, smooth pavement, destinations... I love this poem, Sherry!

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  23. Traveling on a bike in life could be interesting so much to see with each rolling hill enjoying the scenery as time pushes on..l

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  24. What a wonderful trip with you, Sherry.

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  25. Hmmm, don't know whether to be sorry or glad I never learned.:)

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  26. I enjoyed the metaphorical use of the bicycle ride, Sherry! I had never seen such a bike before either. It looks comfortable to ride.

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  27. Sherry, I love this photo of you on your bicycle; and truly I hope that you will get back into riding again. Perhaps in Tofino. Let other cyclists whiz by. Just travel at your own speed...and you will get where you are meant to go.

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  28. I too can't ride the pace I used to... but your poem encourages me - thanks

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