#Poetrychallenge – Breaking free

Is it possible

To escape conformity

And break your shackles?

Try riding a bicycle

With your face into the wind

by Robbie Cheadle

This poem was written for Colleen Chesebro’s weekly poetry challenge which you can join in here: https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/07/16/colleens-2019-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-136-photoprompt/


37 thoughts on “#Poetrychallenge – Breaking free

  1. you face? your face?

    I have a bike… still working on how to use the gears. Remember to wear a helmet πŸ™‚
    It’s going to be too hot today, with a heat index making it seem like 107 F or 41 C +.

    I was out plucking my cherry tomatoes only for a few minutes and I felt like I was melting!

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      1. Either phat fingers, auto spell check, and perhaps too freezing fingers…

        How cold its it where you are. We are having such a heat wave for the next three days that the actual temp and feel like temps are in three Fahrenheit digits. There are warnings of poor air quality and to stay inside if possible. Looks like we have to wait until Monday or Tuesday for some relief in the form of rain.

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      2. When I lived in Indiana it was if there were only two seasons; summer and winter. Not all that much rain in the seven or so years I was there. But we did have in on year within about two months damaging hail. Not small winter hail but hail balls as big as golf balls that made cars look like they had been riddled with bullet holes that didn’t go all the way through and damage to roofs and very quickly fields of crops.

        “Hail forms when thunderstorm updrafts are strong enough to carry water droplets well above the freezing level. This freezing process forms a hailstone, which can grow as additional water freezes onto it. Eventually, the hailstone becomes too heavy for the updrafts to support it and it falls to the ground. (You may have known that but for anyone who didn’t…)

        Arizona has a dry heat (had relative that lived there). Sorry but 110 F in the shade with low humidity is still too darn hot for me.

        It is not quite 9 am here this Sunday and our indoor temp reading for outdoors is 105 F and it is humid.

        I’ll try and stay cool – you stay warm!

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      3. Thank you, Jules. A most interesting comment. We also only really have two seasons, a long hot summer and a short winter. It isn’t cold by your standards. Its 15 degrees Celsius today and we are all moaning and groaning that it’s freezing.

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      4. Oh… only 59 F… I’d take that any day of the week. πŸ˜‰ It is all in what one is used to. Location, location, location πŸ™‚ Stay warm.

        I’ve got family in Florida, when it is below 70 F they think it is cold too. πŸ™‚

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  2. I like your poem, Robbie. I appreciate people who can ride bicycle because I didn’t learn to ride as a kid. Then old enough to know how to be afraid of falling. It’s great that kids can ride so they can go places nearby without being trapped at home.

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      1. You’re right, Robbie. My son-in-law rides the bicycle to work, changes or even shows when he gets to the office. My daughter keeps up, she did a triathlon in June – swimming, cycling, and running. She is doing a biathlon in August – cycling and running. The bike lanes in Portland are the same width as one car lane because one Oregon congressman advocates for cycling. When he went to Washington DC, he biked from the hotel to White House for meetings.

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