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  1. Ode to bicycles
  2.  
  3. I was walking
  4. down
  5. a sizzling road:
  6. the sun popped like
  7. a field of blazing maize,
  8. the
  9. earth
  10. was hot,
  11. an infinite circle
  12. with an empty
  13. blue sky overhead.
  14.  
  15. A few bicycles
  16. passed
  17. me by,
  18. the only
  19. insects
  20. in
  21. that dry
  22. moment of summer,
  23. silent,
  24. swift,
  25. translucent;
  26. they
  27. barely stirred
  28. the air.
  29.  
  30. Workers and girls
  31. were riding to their
  32. factories,
  33. giving
  34. their eyes
  35. to summer,
  36. their heads to the sky,
  37. sitting on the
  38. hard
  39. beetle backs
  40. of the whirling
  41. bicycles
  42. that whirred
  43. as they rode by
  44. bridges, rosebushes, brambles
  45. and midday.
  46.  
  47. I thought about evening when
  48. the boys
  49. wash up,
  50. sing, eat, raise
  51. a cup
  52. of wine
  53. in honor
  54. of love
  55. and life,
  56. and waiting
  57. at the door,
  58. the bicycle,
  59. stilled,
  60. because
  61. only moving
  62. does it have a soul,
  63. and fallen there
  64. it isn't
  65. a translucent insect
  66. humming
  67. through summer
  68. but
  69. a cold
  70. skeleton
  71. that will return to
  72. life
  73. only
  74. when it's needed,
  75. when it's light,
  76. that is,
  77. with
  78. the
  79. resurrection
  80. of each day.
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