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top coat
no hat
bicycle–

see that?

wind chill
upright
pedaling
frostbite
eyes tear
hands sting

passerby
asking
which way
why where
puzzlement
cold stare

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inkling7
Dec. 30th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who's puzzled by that. I'm all for getting exercise and cutting down on emissions, but that's a bit much. Two days ago, I saw a man riding his bike at about 25mph down an icy, hilly road near downtown Rochester during lunch hour traffic. It was a balmy 13 degrees outside. I was concerned for the man's safety and sanity.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 30th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Bicycling downhill in the snow and ice is trouble waiting to happen. On a more serious note, for years around here, I have noticed adults on bicycles delivering newspapers in any and every type of weather. It's a sad commentary on the economy.

nodressrehersal
Dec. 30th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Cold stare indeed!
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 30th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
I once got surprised by the snow in Fredonia and rode my bike back to Dunkirk anyway—at night. In the Dunkirk-Fredonia context, and only in that context, it made sense. Another time, decades later, I took my mountain bike out for a winter spin around the h-u-g-e frozen cornfield just behind the woods across the street. There is nothing worse than motion-induced wind chill when you're sweating profusely.

nodressrehersal
Dec. 30th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Sweat-sicles.
vivitalia
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I rode my bike around Bonas in the snow until it became practically impossible to maneuver. I do like this stanza though:

"passerby
asking
which way
why where
puzzlement
cold stare"

Great movement.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 31st, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lizz. This was just a bit of fluff about rhyme and rhythm.
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