Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Theme Thursday - Bicycle


The wind had blown the last of the flower petals away.
Sweepers and thieves had removed
the stuffed animals
along with the notes of love
and remembrance,
only leaving behind
as a monument
to the fallen.
Share the Road.
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20 comments:

justsomethoughts... said...

short and (bitter)sweet.

Brian Miller said...

whew. that was a cold blast of reality...saw a bike/car wreck once...not good at all. glad you jumped in tt this week!

Prayer Girl said...

A woman on a motorcycle without a helmet was in an accident with a car last Friday. We all know who won! She was dead within 5 minutes. Someone at my Al-Anon meeting had been a witness to this. So sad.

I wear my helmet no matter what.

PG

Unknown Mami said...

There are warnings on the ground here, "Beware, death monsters ahead."

Me said...

Wow. Very moving story, it obviously touched you.

A very good thing, to share the tale. Thanks.
-C

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Great thoughtful telescoped post. -J

Jingle said...

rich and smart thoughts!

Titanium said...

There are wreaths on the corners of every major intersection in this town: brittle, dried reminders of how many cyclists are lost each year.

Thanks for writing about it, and so very succinctly. This one is haunting in so many ways...

Green-Eyed Momster said...

I'm lucky that my encounter had a happy ending.

C.M. Jackson said...

share the road should be in every driver's mind but unfortuantely it is up to the cyclist and the motor cyclist to be vigilant --your words bring to light this reality--here's hoping that the ghost bikes remind us all to slow down...great post!

ilovepink1078 said...

Graet poem! love it...

by the way, I followed you in google connect. hope you do the same

the walking man said...

Drivers need to learn to stay off the bike paths and out of the bike lanes.

Katherine said...

Such a senseless loss of lives caused by impatient drivers not giving way & being cautious of bike riders! One of my husbands highschool friends had a friend in his earlier childhood who was knocked down on his bike on the gold coast. Bikes are a popular form of transportation on the gold coast, even back in those days. His friend copped a very bad hit to his head & died in my husbands friends arms. A terrible & tragic loss of life!

Enchanted Oak said...

I saw this as you described it. Each line was alive. Ironic, that the lines live, but the bicyclist doesn't.

VE said...

Ghost bike...I like it. I've been on the bike before and felt like the ghost bike...

Cameron said...

a good reminder that we do need to share the road, i'm terrified of riding my bike bc cars never seem to pay attention.....

Dr. Heckle said...

Very well written!

Tammy said...

Thanks for sharing this. Too many times drivers forget there are others out there with them.

Leslie said...

As a cyclist, I have almost bit it a couple of times. The sidewalks and fields have saved the day.
Thanks for the reminder my friend

Marla said...

Horrible and yet necessary reminder. Thanks, MM!