April poems, thirteen out of fourteen

I’m a three-speed Schwinn

And you are an Aston Martin, midnight blue,
on a solo cruise down the Autobahn,

your speed so crazy cliffs, trees, stars and moon
whip together in a frenzied banner
brushing your sleek lines.

Have you forgotten what the sky
looks like, even when your top is down?

When was the last time you stopped
to give someone a ride?

As the sun rises from a patch of spring violets,
you close your eyes in a darkened garage
and your engine no longer vibrates.

I bring up the rear, pushing my pedals on the open road
until my heart frays – tiny, untouchable threads.

***

I have to write one more poem or at least a rough draft (and really they are all drafts, at this point) to catch up with the pace of April poems. And I really feel like the bicycle in this poem – my energy is flagging a tad bit. It’s hard to churn out a poem to a specific prompt. But at the same time, I’m a ‘good student’ type, and if someone gives me an assignment I can generally rise to the challenge. So at least I’m writing.

This poem is based on a prompt I wrote for Read Write Poem about cars. Which means I’m writing to my own prompt. Student and teacher in one. I also included it in the Poetic Asides poem-a-day challenge in the category of objects.

7 thoughts on “April poems, thirteen out of fourteen

  1. Julie says:

    Well, I think you’re doing a hell of a great job, Christine. I’m very impressed. The quality of what you are producing is excellent. I wish my drafts were this good.

    I figured Aston Martin was a car, but I had to google it. So that’s how the other half lives!

    But I’m with you. A three-speed Schwinn lifestyle is much better, much richer. I love the sentiment in this poem. The voice is great, too. The last stanza is excellent, as is this one:

    “When was the last time you stopped
    to give someone a ride?”

    Wonderful work. Go, Christine!

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  2. christine says:

    Julie, I had to google it too to know exactly what one looks like. I know someone who loves cars, especially fast ones, and he’s always pointing them out to me on the highway. Thanks for stopping by, and for your encouragement!

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  3. James says:

    This is a really nice reminder of the value of going slow. You see more. Love this line: “your speed so crazy cliffs, trees, stars and moon /
    whip together in a frenzied banner”

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  4. jo says:

    I bring up the rear, pushing my pedals on the open road
    until my heart frays – tiny, untouchable threads.

    This is so utterly scrumptious. I wish wish I had come up with it. Beautiful.

    Like

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