prompt 183 Let’s Take a Ride
Welcome back for our second prompt of November, and many thanks for joining in last week for our bridge prompt. So where are we going this week? We’re on our bikes!
My first bike ride was short, and then I fell over, cracked a rib and bloodied my knees.
Let’s write a short, zippy poem with a quick meter — boom-boom-boom. Cut out all the unnecessary words from your draft version, throw away your training wheels, and go for speed and a short burst of words – visual, wind-in-your-hair, zippy. Keep your balance with speed, just like your first sprint on a bicycle. If it helps, keeps each line constrained by syllable count (tanka; cinquain; shadorma or nonet, perhaps?), and yes, I know that our friend Viv will growl, but growling is good exercise for the diaphragm; tightens up those core muscles so you can stay on your bike.
Think of all the things that a bicycle (or tricycle) represents: speed, exercise, balance, momentum, knees, legs, pedals, wheels, bicycle bells, newspaper delivery, vehicular traffic, freedom, fresh air, biking holidays, childhood, flat tyres, playing cards pegged on spokes, bloody knees…
Is your muse confused? Maybe you left yourself stranded on last week’s bridge – if so, use your bicycle to continue your journey.
I hope you have fun stretching those imaginary wheels. Happy biking!
(I took this photo in the loft space of Egeskov castle in Denmark. Here’s a link to their website, if you’re interested. http://www.egeskov.dk/en )