Cycling Poems

I have just had the good fortune to stumble into a small blog dedicated to bicyclepoetry.

Scrolling down through the  rhythmical words, metaphorical verses, and perfect examples of meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure I founds this work by Hino Hinesy  a fellow London Cyclist

The Two Wheeled Good (God?)
The Two-Wheeled Good (God?)
hardly stopped by very much
through rain snow and heat and sleet
driven home by pedalled feet
waterproof and wind resistant
long spun limbs turn on insistent
that no bus, train or car
or suited warming post-five bar
shall deviate them from their route
as dusk stalks day-glow on their shoot
With bike lights lit like Viking torches
to guide them soon-wet porches
dashing  back in one good stint
all fuelled by smugness for their
carbon foot prints


Reading the other works on the page it is clear that travel by bike lends itself perfectly to writing poetry. The methodical rhythm of pedalling combined with the arousal of ones senses as you move freely through scenes of beauty and vulgarity make for some great works. 

So do you have any cycle related poetry to share here on The Hungry Cyclist? If so do add your words below. Once I have finished my breakfast I am going to pen a little ode to the joys of stuffing your face after a long day in the saddle so watch this space. 

"The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets." 

Christopher Morley

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5 Comments

  1. Ode to the Canyon Ride
    Canyon hills all golden glow,
    Coyotes laughing, dears dashing,
    Pedals turning, my heart yearning,
    Where shall I go?
    Steep broken road, I am slow,
    My pulse is beating, soul freeing,
    Troubles fading, fears are leaving,
    So now I know.
    At the crest, I catch my breath.
    Stalling slightly, leaning lightly,
    Then departing, fast descending,
    This hill has depth!
    Wheels beneath me never give.
    Motion thrills me, wind instills me,
    Road so curving, ride so soothing,
    Out here I live.

  2. Oops…the one above has errors and I tweaked it cause I’m a geek (sorry, it was early when I wrote it). Here is the correct version:
    Ode to the Canyon Ride
    Canyon hills all golden glow,
    Coyotes laughing, deer dashing,
    Pedals turning, my heart yearning,
    Where shall I go?
    Steep broken road, I am slow.
    My pulse is beating, soul freeing
    Troubles fading, fears abating,
    So, now I know.
    At the crest, I catch my breath.
    Stalling slightly, leaning lightly,
    Then departing, fast descending,
    This hill has depth!
    Wheels beneath me never give.
    Motion thrills me, wind instills me,
    Road winding, my ride unbinding,
    Out here I live.

  3. Debbie

    Loved the poem…especually the last paragraph…definitely how I feel when I am out on the road cycling.
    thank you for sharing
    Debbie

  4. Cycle Lifestyle magazine always features great cycle poetry. http://www.cyclelifestyle.co.uk

  5. For those of you who haven’t yet seen this: http://www.candlestickpress.co.uk/pamphlet/ten-poems-about-bicycles/
    Really beautiful poetry pamphlet- got one for my boyfriend, who loved it.
    Full disclosure: I work for this tiny poetry press, but that doesn’t make the statement above any less true (bought the pamphlet long before I got the job).

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