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On Yer Bike
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He approaches, unsteady
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on rusted bike with one gear
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I hear a discernible click of knees.
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Sweat droplets larger than tears
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careered across his large head
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bulging from white Fair Isle sweater .
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A man whose clearly overindulged
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on the good things in life.
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Levis, cut off at knees
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chaff his inner thighs,
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I’m transfixed by his body dynamic
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That lurches him side to side.
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Protruding stomach slides against handle bars.
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I remain eyes locked as he wobbles,
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swerves from shadow to light
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This guy is seriously unnerving.
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Try has he might he can’t control that bike.
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One foot goes searching for the ground.
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Found it, frame judders between his legs,
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Drops to floor.
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The chain tangles in a mass of spokes.
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I look away. Now is not the time to stare,
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or get involved in bike repairs.
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9 Oct 17


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